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Honey Bee Pests and Diseases : A Complete Guide to Prevention and Management - Robert Owen

Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

A Complete Guide to Prevention and Management

By: Robert Owen, Jean-Pierre Y. Scheerlinck, Mark Stevenson

Hardcover | 4 October 2023

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Honey Bee Pests and Diseases provides up-to-date information on the management of honey bee diseases found globally, not just in the U.S., Europe, or Australia. Of particular interest are the explanations of how pathogens affect honey bees. This facet of diseases is usually left out of honey bee disease books.

Written in an easy to understand way, and richly illustrated with photographs and diagrams, chapters cover integrated pest management (IPM), epidemiology, viruses, brood diseases, mites, parasites, as well as other problems a colony might face.

The book is largely based on the Ph.D. research of Dr. Robert Owen, who studied the effect of bee diseases in Australia and overseas with particular reference to Varroa. Both Prof. Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck and Prof. Mark Stevenson have extensive and well-recognized experience in honey bee research.

About the Authors

Robert Owen has been a beekeeper for over 20 years. He completed his PhD on Varroa in 2022. Robert has advised beekeepers in Nigeria, Benin, Lebanon, Nepal, and Bangladesh for USAID. He authored The Australian Beekeeping Manual and regularly contributes to specialist beekeeping magazines. Robert has extensive first-hand knowledge of honey bee pathogens from many countries.

Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck is an Honorary Professor in Animal Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne, where he taught for many years in subjects such as Animal Disease Biosecurity, and Insect Shaping Society. Jean-Pierre is passionate about biosecurity, bee genetics, and invading bee pests. An avid beekeeper, he established the University of Melbourne bee club and has developed and taught beekeeping courses for both beginners and advanced beekeepers.

Mark Stevenson is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, and simulation modelling of infectious disease spread. Mark deals with infectious and non-infectious disease threats in a range of species including companion animals, cattle, sheep and poultry, horses, and honey bees. He has a particular interest in how lessons learned from controlling disease in one species might be used to improve disease control efforts for others.
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"As someone who has taken many classes on pests and diseases of hon¬ey bees, and who also teaches these classes, I know how hard it is to get a good grasp of this wide-ranging area of beekeeping, and also how hard it is to remember the details of each pest or disease. This book is the answer. And, it is easy to understand. Every beekeeper will benefit from (and even enjoy) reading this book."

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