The Conservation and Biology of Bees in Temperate Habitats
Bees form a vital part of many natural and farmed landscapes all over the world. Both as pollinators and as a part of the wider insect community, their activities not only promote healthy ecosystems, but in many cases are essential to the life cycles of particular plant species. Their complex coevolutionary relationships to their forage plants are a subject of fascination to biologists and conservationists, and of economic importance to crop managers. But everywhere bees are under pressure, not only due to the direct impact of pesticides in the environment, but also to the indirect effects of habitat alteration and destruction. This volume focuses on a number of important topics in bee biology and conservation in the temperate regions of four continents. The varieties of habitats needed for bees to thrive, the essential links and interactions between bees and many plant species, and the current state of bee biodiversity and conservation are all dealt with by an international cast of authors. Anyone with an interest either in bees in particular, or in insect and plant conservation in general should find something of interest in this book.
- Hardback | 300 pages
- 190 x 267 x 20mm | 772g
- 01 May 1996
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
Table of contents
Habitat requirements of central European bees and the problems of partial habitats, P. Westrich; cliffbanks, sandpits and levees-substitutes for threatened or destroyed riverine habitats, M. Klem; optimizing habitats for bees in the United Kingdom - a review of recent conservation action, M. Edwards; urban habitats for bees - the example city of Berlin, C. Saure; ecological bases of conservation of wild bees, J. Banaszak; aspects of bee diversity and crop pollination in the European Union, I.H. Williams; comparative efficacy of bee species for pollination of legume seed crops, K.W. Richards; pollen flow and pollination efficiency in entomophilous systems - a case study with bumble bees, honey bees and a monoecious crop in enclosures, B. Vaissiere; which bees do plants need?, S. Corbet; the forgotten pollinators - a forthcoming book and awareness programme, M.M. Kwak et al; resource overlap among native and introduced bees in California, R.W. Thorp; towards an ecological perspective of beekeeping, E.A. Sugden; measuring the meaning of honey bees, D.W. Roubik; the possible ecological implications of the invasion of "bombus terrestris (L.) (apidae)" at Mt. Carmel, Israel, A. Dafni and A. Schmida; interdependence of native bee faunas and floras in changing Mediterranean communities, T. Petanidou and W.N. Ellis; bee systematics in Europe - the continuing crisis and some possible cures, C. O'Toole; PCAM - an international study of the bees of Mexico, C.D. Michener.