The introduction and spread of the African honey bee and its hybrids in the New World has received substantial public and scientific attention. In this book the available scientific information concerning the identification, biology, and management of the bee is reviewed. This book is particularly timely, given the recent arrival of the African bee
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Systematics and Identification -- Systematics and Identification of Africanized Honey Bees -- Genetic Characterization of Honey Bees through DNA Analysis -- The Spread of Africanized Bees and the Africanization Process -- Interdependence of Genetics and Ecology in a Solution to the African Bee Problem -- The Processes of Africanization -- Africanized Bees: Natural Selection for Colonizing Ability -- The Africanization Process in Costa Rica -- Honey Bee Genetics and Breeding -- Continuing Commericial Queen Production after the Arrival of Africanized Honey Bees -- Population Biology, Ecology, and Diseases -- The Inside Story: Internal Colony Dynamics of Africanized Bees -- Population Biology of the Africanized Honey Bee -- Foraging Behavior and Honey Production -- Aspects of Africanized Honey Bee Ecology in Tropical America -- Bee Diseases, Parasites, and Pests -- Defensive Behavior -- Defensive Behavior -- Genetics of Defensive Behavior I -- Genetics of Defensive Behavior II -- Beekeeping in South America -- Beekeeping in Brazil -- The Africanized Honey Bee in Peru -- Beekeeping in Venezuela
Robert K. Vander Meer is a research chemist with the USDA/ARS. Michael D. Breed is professor of environmental population and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mark L. Winston is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. Karl E. Espelie is professor of entomology at the University of Georgia at Athens.