The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture

The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture

Gene Kritsky

Beekeeping is a sixteen-billion-dollar-a-year enterprise. however the worthy honey bee now faces serious threats from ailments, mites, insecticides, and overwork, let alone the mysterious Colony cave in disease, which motives probably fit bees to desert their hives en masse, by no means to return.

In The Quest for the fitting Hive, entomologist Gene Kritsky bargains a concise, fantastically illustrated historical past of beekeeping, tracing the evolution of hive layout from historic Egypt to the current. now not easily a descriptive account, the publication means that beekeeping's lengthy background could in truth include clues to aid beekeepers struggle the decline in honey bee numbers. Kritsky courses us during the development from early mud-based horizontal hives to the ascent of the straightforward straw skep (the inverted basket which has been in use for over 1,500 years), from hive design's Golden Age in Victorian England up during the current. He discusses what labored, what didn't, and what we have now forgotten approximately earlier hives that may support counter the threat to beekeeping this present day. certainly, whereas we now have sequenced the honey bee genome and complicated our wisdom of the bugs themselves, we nonetheless hold our bees in hives that experience replaced little in the past century. If beekeeping is to outlive, Kritsky argues, we needs to commence inventing back. We needs to locate the correct hive for our instances.

For hundreds of thousands of years, the honey bee has been an essential component of human tradition. The Quest for the right Hive not just bargains a colourful account of this lengthy historical past, but in addition offers a advisor for making sure its continuation into the future.

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