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    Managing Alternative Pollinators A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists This handbook is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2010
      Managing Alternative Pollinators
      A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists

      This handbook is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other alternatives to honey bee pollinators. 

      For Beekeepers: Detailed information on each alternative pollinator's biology and susceptibility to disease, pests and chemicals, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to rear and manage alternative pollinators.

      For Growers: Guidance for understanding the business of pollination, matching pollinators to crops, and deciding how best to pollinate for successful agricultural production and pollinator protection.

      For Conservationists: Easy-to-understand accounts of the honey bee's plight, the business of pollination, and what can be done to protect pollinators and our food systems.
      The book features 130+ color photos, 10 chapters, 7 appendices, nest construction details, parasite and disease management guidelines and a sample contract. Includes a bibliography and list of additional resources.

      For ordering and price information:
      NRAES will start shipping books March 22. 

      Table of contents | Authors | Expected outcomes | Detailed Outline  | Sample pages | About SARE |

      Table of Contents

      Chapter 1. The Business of Pollination
      Chapter 2. The Status of the European Honey Bee in the U.S.
      Chapter 3. A Brief Natural History of Bees
      Chapter 4. Pollination Botany
      Chapter 5. Bumble Bees
      Chapter 6. Mason Bees
      Chapter 7. The Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee
      Chapter 8. Other Managed Pollinators
      Chapter 9. The Search for New Managed Pollinators
      Chapter 10. Habitat Conservation for Native Pollinators

      Appendix A. Managing Parasites and Disease in Solitary Bee Operations
      Appendix B. X-Ray Procedures for Cavity Nesting Bees
      Appendix C. Plants for Bee Ranching
      Appendix D. Reducing Bee Poisoning from Pesticides
      Appendix E. Hybrid Nest Blocks for Cavity Nesting Bees
      Appendix F. Nest Material Comparison for Leafcutter and Mason Bees
      Appendix G. IPM for Beekeepers
      Appendix H. Additional Resources


      Eric Mader, Pollinator Outreach Coordinator, The Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Program
      Marla Spivak, Professor of Entomology, University of Minnesota

      Elaine Evans, Author, Befriending Bumble Bees

      With a forward by Mace Vaughan, Conservation Director, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

      Expected Outcomes

      Knowledge of how to rear alternative pollinators, including leafcutter bees, mason bees and bumble bees for pollination

      Appreciation of the importance of rearing only local pollinators to avoid movement of species outside their native ranges

      Understand the critical use of sanitary practices to discourage the development and spread of diseases and parasites.

      Ability to directly improve the quality of our food supply and aesthetics of our landscapes through pollination of fruits, nuts, vegetables and flowers

      Positively impact biodiversity and ecological services in our environment

      Understand the broad ecological issues affecting both managed and wild pollinators, and how to implement conservation practices to support them.
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