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The author of the book: Mark L. Winston
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Edition: Harvard University Press
Date of issue: October 6th 2014
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Professor Winston's book won Canada's Governor General's Award for Non Fiction, and indeed it is a mostly excellent book.
When discussing colony collapse he states: "Bee decline is not caused by a single factor... the precipitous drop in colony numbers in the last eight to ten years is attributed to a perfect storm of many factors. Pest and disease outbreaks are rampant, with mites, bacteria, viruses, and fungi decimating colonies. Their impact on honeybees is exacerbated by diminished immune responses caused by pesticides, both those spread externally in farmers' fields and those applied inside colonies as beekeepers attempt to chemically control the outbreaks." I agree!
Unfortunately, there are also passages like this: "Perhaps the most unusual group I encountered were the shamanic beekeepers who imagine a mystical presence in and around their hives." Hmmm. I am not really interested in the alleged mystical attributes of an insect.
Anyway, as a beekeeper, I found Winston's insights valuable and I think there is enough interesting stuff here to entertain the generalist.
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