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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVE NUTRITION FOR HONEY BEE COLONIES TO STIMULATE POPULATION GROWTH, INCREASE QUEEN QUALITY, AND REDUCE THE IMPACT OF VARROA MITES Title: Beekeepers Handbook

Authors
item Sammataro, Diana
item Avitabile, Alphonse -

Submitted to: Cornell University Press
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 10, 2010
Publication Date: May 20, 2011
Citation: Sammataro, D., Avitabile, A. 2011. Beekeepers Handbook. Cornell University Press. 380 p.

Interpretive Summary: This book, used by many beekeeping associations as a beginner's teaching text, explains how to establish bee colonies, what beekeepers need for equipment, what to wear and how to take notes on hive conditions, the diseases and pests that bees encounter and an extensive reference section and glossary. The format has been changed to portrait instead of landscape, and includes space for note-taking. It is now translated into three languages (Russian, Turkish and Spanish). The chief strong point of this book is the presentation of the information, where major beekeeping procedures, such as swarm collecting or moving colonies, are presented using different methods to accomplish these actions. The reader can choose which way works best, given the pros and cons outlined for each procedure. Accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations that clarify the accompanying methods, this book has been a standard for non-commercial beekeepers since it was first published.

Technical Abstract: This book, used by many beekeeping associations as a beginner's teaching text, explains how to establish bee colonies, what beekeepers need for equipment, what to wear and how to take notes on hive conditions, the diseases and pests that bees encounter and an extensive reference section and glossary. The format has been changed to portrait instead of landscape, and includes space for note-taking. It is now translated into three languages (Russian, Turkish and Spanish). The chief strong point of this book is the presentation of the information, where major beekeeping procedures, such as swarm collecting or moving colonies, are presented using different methods to accomplish these actions. The reader can choose which way works best, given the pros and cons outlined for each procedure. Accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations that clarify the accompanying methods, this book has been a standard for non-commercial beekeepers since it was first published.

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