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A History of Innovation in Bee Culture
by Gene Kritsky

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2010, 216 pages, b/w photos and drawings throughout. For thousands of years, the honey bee has been a vital part of human culture. This book offers a concise, beautifully illustrated history of beekeeping, tracing the evolution of hive design from ancient Egypt to the present, and provides a guide for ensuring its continuation into the future. Not simply a descriptive account, it suggests that beekeeping's long history may in fact contain clues to help beekeepers fight the decline in honey bee numbers.

The book guides us through the progression from early mud-based horizontal hives to the ascent of the simple 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 through the present. It discusses what worked, what did not, and what we have forgotten about past hives that might help counter the menace to beekeeping today. Indeed, while we have sequenced the honey bee genome and advanced our knowledge of the insects themselves, we still keep our bees in hives that have changed little during the past century. If beekeeping is to survive, Kritsky argues, we must start inventing again. We must find the perfect hive for our times. Hardcover; 5-1/2 x 8-1/4".

Gene Kritsky is a Professor of Biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, and Adjunct Curator of Entomology at the Cincinnati Museum Center. He is Editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, the magazine of the Entomological Society of America.

3344 Kritsky, Quest for the Perfect Hive

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