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Honey Factory : Inside the Ingenious World of Bees  - Jurgen Tautz

Honey Factory

Inside the Ingenious World of Bees

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2018
ISBN: 9781760640408
Number Of Pages: 288

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Bee hives might look like seething anarchy at first glance, but bees know exactly what they are doing. The universe of the beehive is an intricately organised, delicately balanced ecosystem. From the mighty queen to the lowliest worker bees, each bee plays its part in the whole.

The Honey Factory plunges the reader into the invisible life of a bee colony and reveals the secrets of this fascinating world. How do worker bees come to a collective decision? What does the honeybees' waggling dance communicate? What provokes the sexual excesses of the young queen bee? And why is the precious relationship between humans and bees a matter of species survival?

Combining the most fascinating scientific discoveries and greatest secrets in bee research, The Honey Factory answers these questions and more.

About the Authors

Jurgen Tautz is an internationally recognised expert on bees and professor emeritus at W3rzburg University. Since 2006 he has been in charge of the HOneyBee Online Studies (HOBOS) interdisciplinary project. Tautz has authored numerous publications and been awarded several prizes for his work in science education.

Diedrich Steen is a publishing director. Bees have been kept in his family for over 100 years, and he has been an active beekeeper himself for twenty years.

Industry Reviews

'An enriching read for anyone who is moved by the secret beauty of our world and who cares about the future of our ecosystems.' --Peter Wohlleben, international bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees--Peter Wohlleben

New perspective on Beekeeping


This book is a delightful blend on new scientific insights into beekeeping within the context of everyday beekeeping. It is also written from a European (specifically German and Northern European) point of view, and is a blessed relief from the overwhelming dominance of American bias in English language bee books.

South Gippsland



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1 Feng shui in the pitch dark: The factory and equipment of a bee colony

From a hollow tree to mass production: The evolution of beekeeping

Comb network technology

2 Labouring in an annual rhythm: Teamwork in the honey factory

Feminine power in the bee colony

The bee dance: Rethinking old concepts

The drones

The queen bee

Bee intelligence: How bees see the world

3 Honey is not everything, but nothing runs without honey: The honey production line

Bee venom, royal jelly and beeswax

Propolis, pollen and bee bread

Creme de la creme - honey

4 Founding a daughter company: The swarm

Driven by nature

Swarm intelligence: How bees move house

Events in the old factory: The terror of succession

Beekeepers as killjoys

5 Industrial espionage, robberies and invaders: Bees as aggressors

Hostile takeovers: How bees steal from one another

The menace of Verroa mites

6 Industrial invaders: Bees and their struggle to survive

The myth of the dying honeybees

Industrial beekeeping and why dying out remains a possibility

Back to the future: Rediscovering old practices

Epilogue: Are honeybees self-aware?


ISBN: 9781760640408
ISBN-10: 1760640409
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd September 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.38

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