MANAGING ALTERNATIVE POLLINATORS
A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists
by Eric Mader, Maria Spivak & Elaine Evans
2010, 162 pages, 130+ color photos, tables. This handbook is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other alternatives to honey bee pollinators.
For Beekeepers: Detailed information on each alternative pollinator’s biology and susceptibility to disease, pests and chemicals, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to rear and manage alternative pollinators.
For Growers: Guidance for understanding the business of pollination, matching pollinators to crops, and deciding how best to pollinate for successful agricultural production and pollinator protection.
For Conservationists: Easy-to-understand accounts of the honey bee’s plight, the business of pollination, and what can be done to protect pollinators and our food systems.
The book’s many features include nest construction details, parasite and disease management guidelines, a sample contract, bibliography and list of additional resources. Softcover; 8-1/4 x 10-3/4″.
Table of Contents Foreword
Chapter 1. The Business of Pollination
Chapter 2. The Status of the European Honey Bee in the U.S.
Chapter 3. A Brief Natural History of Bees
Chapter 4. Pollination Botany
Chapter 5. Bumble Bees
Chapter 6. Mason Bees
Chapter 7. The Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee
Chapter 8. Other Managed Pollinators
Chapter 9. The Search for New Managed Pollinators
Chapter 10. Habitat Conservation for Native Pollinators
Appendix A. Managing Parasites and Disease in Solitary Bee Operations
Appendix B. X-Ray Procedures for Cavity Nesting Bees
Appendix C. Plants for Bee Ranching
Appendix D. Reducing Bee Poisoning from Pesticides
Appendix E. Hybrid Nest Blocks for Cavity Nesting Bees
Appendix F. Nest Material Comparison for Leafcutter and Mason Bees
Appendix G. IPM for Beekeepers
Appendix H. Additional Resources
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