The Biology of the Honey Bee

Author: Mark L. Winston
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674074095
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From ancient cave paintings of honey bee nests to modern science's richly diversified investigation of honey bee biology and its applications, the human imagination has long been captivated by the mysterious and highly sophisticated behavior of this paragon among insect societies. In the first broad treatment of honey bee biology to appear in decades, Mark Winston provides rare access to the world of this extraordinary insect. In a bright and engaging style Winston probes the dynamics of the honey bee's social organization. He recreates for us the complex infrastructure of the nest, describes the highly specialized behavior of workers, queens, and drones, and examines in detail the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events within and outside the nest. Winston integrates into his discussion the results of recent studies, bringing into sharp focus topics of current bee research. These include the exquisite architecture of the nest and its relation to bee physiology; the intricate division of labor and the relevance of a temporal caste structure to efficient functioning of the colony; and, finally, the life-death struggles of swarming, supersedure, and mating that mark the reproductive cycle of the honey bee. The Biology of the Honey Bee not only reviews the basic aspects of social behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, and genetics, it also summarizes major controversies in contemporary honey bee research, such as the importance of kin recognition in the evolution of social behavior and the role of the well-known dance language in honey bee communication. Thorough, well-illustrated, and lucidly written, this book will for many years be a valuable resource for scholars, students, and beekeepers alike.

The Buzz about Bees

Author: Jürgen Tautz
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540787291
Format: PDF, Docs
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Tis book, already translated into ten languages, may at frst sight appear to be just about honeybees and their biology. It c- tains, however, a number of deeper messages related to some of the most basic and important principles of modern biology. Te bees are merely the actors that take us into the realm of phys- ology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and learning, and that introduce us to the principles of natural selection underlying the evolution of simple to complex life forms. Te book destroys the cute notion of bees as anthropomorphic icons of busy self-sacr -i fcing individuals and presents us with the reality of the colony as an integrated and independent being—a “superorganism”—with its own, almost eerie, emergent group intelligence. We are s- prised to learn that no single bee, from queen through drone to sterile worker, has the oversight or control over the colony. - stead, through a network of integrated control systems and fee- backs, and communication between individuals, the colony - rives at consensus decisions from the bottom up through a type of “swarm intelligence”. Indeed, there are remarkable parallels between the functional organization of a swarming honeybee colony and vertebrate brains.

Pot Pollen in Stingless Bee Melittology

Author: Patricia Vit
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319618393
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book covers pot-pollen—the other product, besides honey, stored in cerumen pots by Meliponini. Critical assessment is given of stingless bee and pot-pollen biodiversity in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Topics addressed include historical biogeography, cultural knowledge, bee foraging behavior, pollination, ecological interactions, health applications, microbiology, the natural history of bee nests, and chemical, bioactive and individual plant components in stored pollen. Pot-pollen maintains the livelihoods of stingless bees and provides many interesting biological products that are just now beginning to be understood. The Meliponini have developed particular nesting biologies, uses of building materials, and an architecture for pollen storage. Environmental windows provide optimal temperature and availability of pollen sources for success in plant pollination and pollen storage. Palynological composition and pollen taxonomy are used to assess stingless honey bee pollination services. Pollen processing with microorganisms in the nest modifies chemical composition and bioactivity, and confers nutraceutical benefits to the honey and pollen widely relished by native people. Humans have always used stingless bees. Yet, sustainable meliponiculture (stingless bee-keeping) projects have so far lacked a treatise on pot-pollen, which experts provide in this transdisciplinary, groundbreaking volume.

Advanced Intelligent Computing Theories and Applications With Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

Author: De-Shuang Huang
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540859837
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This book - in conjunction with the two volumes CCIS 0015 and LNCS 5226 - constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Computing, ICIC 2008, held in Shanghai, China, in September 2008. The 136 revised full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 2336 submissions. The papers address all current issues in the field of intelligent computing technology, including neural networks, evolutionary computing and genetic algorithms, fuzzy systems and soft computing, particle swarm optimization and niche technology, supervised and semi-supervised learning, unsupervised and reinforcement learning, fine feature extraction methods, combinatorial and numerical optimization, neural computing and optimization, case based reasoning and autonomy-oriented computing, as well as artificial life and artificial immune systems. The volume is rounded off by three special sessions on computational analysis and data mining in biological systems, on data mining and fusion in bioinformatics, and on intelligent pattern recognition and understanding in image processing.

The Wisdom of the Hive

Author: Thomas D Seeley
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674043405
Format: PDF
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This book describes and illustrates the results of more than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author to investigate how a colony of bees is organized to gather its resources. The results of his research--including studies of the shaking signal, tremble dance, and waggle dance--offer the clearest, most detailed picture available of how a highly integrated animal society works.

The Bees of the World

Author: Charles Duncan Michener
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801861338
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Written by the world's leading authority on bees, this reference is the first and only comprehensive, worldwide treatment of all groups of bees, and includes more than 16,000 species. Michener examines the evolution of bees from wasps, the relations of the bodies of bees to one another, the evolution of bees, and the structure of immature and adult bees, and more. 433 line drawings. 88 photos, 48 in color.