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Published July 9, 2020 by CRC Press
322 Pages 10 Color & 81 B/W Illustrations

 
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The future role of dwarf honeybees in natural and agricultural systems provides multidisciplinary perspective about the different facets of dwarf honeybees. The role of dwarf honeybee Apis florea assumes utmost importance in the context of pollinator decline throughout the world threatening stability of ecosystems and global food security. Apis florea is a low land species of south Asia extending more to the west than other Asiatic Apis species. It is an important pollinator of crops in hot and dry agricultural plains. The book is first of its kind which deals in details on varied aspects of Apis florea biology, management, conservation strategies for protecting biodiversity and enhancing crop productivity. The book aims to promote a large, diverse, sustainable, and dependable bee pollinator workforce that can meet the challenge for optimizing food production well into the 21st century.

Features:

  1. Apis florea provides source of livelihood in mountainous areas and marginal farmers.
  2. This book will for the first time present the beekeeping from the perspective of agricultural production and biodiversity conservation
  3. An excellent source of advanced study material for academics, researchers and students and programme planners
  4. Excellent pollinator of tropical and subtropical crops fruits vegetables etc less prone to diseases and enemies
  5. Covering the latest information on various aspects of Apis florea biology, this book brings the latest advances together in a single volume for researchers and advanced level students

This book will be useful to pollination biologists, honeybee biologists in entomology departments, students, teachers, scientists of agriculture, animal behaviour, botany, conservation, biology, ecology, entomology, environmental biology, forestry, genetics, plant breeding, horticulture, toxicology, zoology, seed growers and seed agencies and shall serve as reference book for students, teachers, researchers, extension functionaries and policy planners.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword .................................................................................................................................................. vii

Preface ...................................................................................................................................................... ix

Editor ........................................................................................................................................................ xi

Contributors ............................................................................................................................................xiii

1. Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 1

D. P. Abrol

2. Biology of Dwarf Honeybee, Apis florea Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Apidae) ............................ 13

N. Nagaraja

3. Reproductive Biology of Apis florea.............................................................................................. 25

N. Nagaraja and D. P. Abrol

4. The Genetics and Genomics of the Dwarf Honeybee Apis florea Fabricius ............................. 37

S. Mohankumar, T. Sonai Rajan, M. Praghadeesh, P. A. Saravanan and M. R. Srinivasan

5. Foraging in Apis florea ................................................................................................................... 47

D. P. Abrol

6. Diseases and Enemies of Dwarf Honeybees Apis florea and Apis andreniformis .................... 77

D. P. Abrol

7. Nesting Behaviour, Structure and Architecture of Apis florea .................................................. 95

B. V. Shwetha, N. S. Bhat and T. Neethu

8. Utilization of Apis florea in Crop Pollination ............................................................................ 107

B. V. Shwetha, N. S. Bhat and T. Neethu

9. Safety of Dwarf Honeybee, Apis florea in Relation with Agricultural Pest Management .... 125

Chuleui Jung, Muhammad Noor-ul-Ane and Saeed Mohamadzade Namin

10. Nutritional Aspects of the Dwarf Honeybee (Apis florea F.) for Human Consumption ........ 137

Sampat Ghosh, Chuleui Jung, Bajaree Chuttong and Michael Burgett

11. The Antibacterial Activity of Honey with Special Reference to Apis florea ............................147

D. P. Abrol

12. Genetic Diversity of Apis florea in India .....................................................................................163

B. Fakrudin, K. Omkar, Jameel Khan and K. Nandini

13. Morphometric Variation and Floral Resources of the Dwarf Honeybee, Apis florea F.

in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India ..................................................................................169

A. J. Solomon Raju

14. Distribution and Diversity of Apis florea in Kerala and Its Role in Agriculture

Production .................................................................................................................................. 185

S. Devanesan

15. Management and Conservation of Apis florea ...........................................................................211

M. R. Srinivasan, P. A. Saravanan and R. Aruna

16. Diversity and Distribution of Dwarf Honeybees in Nepal and Their Role in Natural

and Agricultural Systems ............................................................................................................ 221

Ratna Thapa

17. Potential of Apis florea as a Relevant Insect for Providing Pollination and Ecological

Services in Thailand ..................................................................................................................... 229

Preecha Rod-im and Orawan Duangphakdee

18. The Dance Language of Apis florea ............................................................................................ 243

Orawan Duangphakdee, Preecha Rod-im and Christian Pirk

19. Diversity and Distribution of Dwarf Honeybees in Iran and Their Role

in Natural and Agricultural Systems ......................................................................................... 259

Ayça Özkan Koca and İrfan Kandemir

20. Apis florea Invasion in Sudan: Present Status and Future Implication ................................. 273

Mohammed M. Ibrahim

21. Distribution, Nesting Trees and Genetic Diversity of Apis andreniformis

in West Sumatra......................................................................................................................... 279

Rika Raffiudin, Siti Salmah and Jasmi Jambak

22. Distribution, Nesting Biology and Floral Resources of Red Dwarf Honeybee

(Apis florea Fabricius) in Nagaland, India ................................................................................. 295

Avinash Chauhan and H. K. Singh

23. Distribution, Nesting Biology and Floral Resources of Red Dwarf Honey Bee

(Apis florea Fabricius) in West Bengal, India ............................................................................ 301

Ujjwal Layek and Prakash Karmakar

Index .......................................................................................................................................................311

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Editor(s)

Biography

Dr D. P. Abrol, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Sher-e-Kashmir

University of Agricultural Sciences, has served university in various

capacities. He has served as Head of the Division of Entomology from

August 2008 to February 2015 and Controller of Examinations during

2012. He has specialized in pest management, honeybee management

and pollination biology. He has authored 18 books, 12 manuals

and published over 250 original research papers in various national

and international journals. He has completed several externally funded

collaborative research projects with international organizations in

Poland and Switzerland. Prof Abrol has visited South Korea, Malaysia,

Saudi Arabia and several other countries as a special invitee to these

countries. In addition, he has received letters of appreciation from different

organizations. Prof Abrol is a Fellow of the National Academy

of Agricultural Sciences, India, and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society London, UK. He is a

recipient of the Young Scientist Award (1992) — conferred by the Jammu and Kashmir State Council for

Science and Technology — a prestigious state award for his outstanding contributions in the field of agricultural

sciences. He is also the recipient of Pran Vohra Award — 1993 — a prestigious Young Scientist

Award conferred by the Indian Science Congress Association, Calcutta, for his outstanding and innovative

research in the field of agricultural sciences. He was also conferred the Prof T. N. Ananthakrishnan

Award 1997–1998 — a prestigious national award for his outstanding contributions in the field of entomology

by the T. N. Ananthakrishnan Foundation, G.S. Gill Research Institute, Chennai. Prof Abrol

won the Dr Rajendra Prasad Puruskar 1999–2000 award — a prestigious national award from the Indian

Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, for his Hindi book on beekeeping entitled ‘Madhmakhi

Palan-Sidhant Evam Vidhian’. He received the 11th Apicultural Association Award (2010) for outstanding

contributions in apiculture. King Saud University conferred on him a gold medal for development of

apiculture in Asia.