This book reports the work of six bee laboratories in Europe that participated in the Beekeeping and Apis Biodiversity in Europe or BABE Project. In the first part Dr Robin Moritz introduces the most important beneficial insect – the honey bee. A vital part of any ecosystem, the honey bee is not a domesticated animal, but is wild, kept by humans in artificial nest sites (hives) which allow access to the honey bees’ resources. Also covered are the EU research network on the impact of beekeeping on honey bee diversity, biogeography of European honey bees, selection theory and effective population size, requirements for local population conservation and breeding, and practical aspects of bee breeding for biodiversity aims. The second part of the book reports on special projects include a case study of honey bee conservation on Laesø Island in Denmark.
Marco Lodesani and Cecilia Costa (eds)
2005, 180 pages