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Managing Alternative Pollinators

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Managing Alternative Pollinators is a handbook for beekeepers, growers and conservationists.  Pollinators are essential to our environment.  Seventy percent of the world's flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world's crop species, rely on pollinators to reproduce.  The fruits and seeds from these crops are necessary for 30 percent of the foods and beverages we consume, and include the most nutritious and interesting parts of our diet: apples, watermelon, blueberries, carrots, broccoli, and almonds to name but a few.  We also count on pollinators for the beef and dairy products that come from cattle raised on alfalfa.  In 2000, growers in the United States were paid close to $20 billion for insect-pollinated crops.  According to estimates, managed and wild native bee species, as well as nonnative leafcutter and mason bees, are responsible for close to a quarter of this value; honey bees are responsible for the rest.

Contents: Pollination, European honey bee in the US, Natural history of bees, Pollination botany, Bumble bees, Mason bees, Alfalfa leaf-cutter bee, Other managed pollinators, Search for new managed pollinators, Habitat conservation for native pollinators, 8 Appendices: Managing parasites & disease in solitary bee operations, X-ray procedures for cavity-nesting bees, Plants for bee ranching, Reducing bee poisoning from pesticides, Hybrid nest blocks for cavity-nesting bees, Nest material comparison for leafcutter & mason bees, IPM for beekeepers, Additional resources, Bibliography, Conversions. 

Eric Mader, Marla Spivak & Elaine Evans, 2010, 162 p, color, soft.  $24.00

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