The Future Role of Dwarf Honey Bee in Natural and Agricultural Systems: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Future Role of Dwarf Honey Bee in Natural and Agricultural Systems

1st Edition

Edited by DP Abrol

CRC Press

344 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 81 B/W Illus.

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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.


  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


D P Abrol

Biology of dwarf honeybee, Apis florea Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Dr. N. Nagaraja

Reproductive biology of Apis florea

N. Nagaraja and D P Abrol

The genetics and genomics of the dwarf honey bee Apis florea fabricius

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

Foraging in Apis florea

D P Abrol

Diseases and enemies of dwarf honeybees Apis florea and Apis anadreniformes

D P Abrol

Nesting behavior, structure and architecture of Apis florea

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

Utilization of Apis florea in pollination of agricultural crop

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

Safety of dwarf honey bee, Apis floreain relation with agricultural pest management

Chuleu Jung, Muhammad Noor-ul-Ane, Saeed Mohamadzade Namin

Nutritional aspects of the dwarf honeybee (Apis floreaF.) for human consumption

Sampat Ghosh, Chuleui Jung, Bajaree Chuttong, and Michael Burgett

The Antibacterial Activity of honey with special reference to Apis florea

D P Abrol

Genetic diversity of Apis florea in India

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

Morphometric variation and floral resources of the dwarf honey bee, Apis florea F. in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India

A. J. Solomon Raju

Distribution and diversity of Apis florea in Kerala and it role in agriculture production

S. Devanesan

Management and conservation of Apis florea

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

Diversity and distribution of dwarf honeybees in Nepal and their role in natural and agricultural system

Ratna Thapa

Potential of Apis florea as a relevant insect for providing pollination and ecological services in Thailand

Orawan Duangphakdee, NatapotWarrit and Preecha Rod-im

The Dance Language of Apis florea

Orawan Duangphakdee1, Preecha Rod-im and Christain Pirk

Diversity and distribution of dwarf honeybees in Iran and their role in natural and agricultural system

Ayça Özkan Koca and İrfan Kandemir

Apis florea Invasion in Sudan: Present Status and Future Implication

Mohammed M. Ibrahim

Distribution, Nesting trees and Genetic Diversity of Apis andreniformis in West Sumatra

Rika Raffiudin, Siti Salmah, and Jasmi Jambak

Distribution, nesting biology and floral resources of red dwarf honey bee (Apis florea Fabricius) in Nagaland, India

Avinash Chauhan and H.K. Singh

Distribution, nesting biology and floral resources of red dwarf honey bee (Apis florea Fabricius) in West Bengal, India

Ujjwal Layek, Prakash Karmakar

About the Editor

Dr D P Abrol Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences has served universities 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 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. He has visited South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and several other countries as special invitee to these countries. Besides receiving letters of appreciation from different organizations. Prof Abrol is Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India and Fellow Royal Entomological Society London UK. He is recipient of 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. Besides, he is also recipient of Pran Vohra Award- 1993 - a prestigious Young Scientist Award conferred by Indian Science Congress Association Calcutta for his outstanding and innovative research in the field of agricultural sciences. He was also conferred Prof. T. N. Ananthakrishnan Award 1997-1998- a prestigious National Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Entomology by T N Ananthakrisnan Foundation, G .S Gill Research Institute Chennai. He won Dr. Rajendra Prasad Puruskar 1999-2000 - a prestigious National Award from Indian Council of Agricultural Research New Delhi for his Hindi book on beekeeping entitled " Madhmakhi Palan-Sidhant Evam Vidhian " and 11th Apicultural Association Award-2010 for outstanding contributions in Apiculture. King Saud University conferred on him Gold medal for development of Apiculture in Asia

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / General
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General