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The Incomparable Honeybee & the Economics of Pollination [Hardcover]

Dr. Reese Halter
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From Dr. Reese Halter comes a remarkable, concise account of the honeybees that have profoundly shaped our planet for the past 110 million years. They are the most important group of flower-visiting animals, pollinating more multi-billion-dollar crops and plants than any other living group. Since prehistoric times humans and honeybees have been inextricably linked. This book is rich with interesting and humbling facts: bees can count, they can vote, and honey has potent medicinal properties, able to work as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, even an antiseptic. The fate of the bees, whose numbers have been beleaguered most recently by colony collapse disorder, lies firmly in the hands of humankind. As such, it is our job to ensure their health, protect the habitats within which they live and communicate to others the vital link that human society shares with the remarkable honeybee.


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Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation biologist, syndicated science writer, TV host and father. He is a sought-after public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, through which he regularly visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration and learning. Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be contacted through www.DrReese.com.


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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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As the founder and head of Global Forest Science, Halter has led a crusade to educate the public about the man-made and natural forces threatening our environment. In his book, Halter comes to the defense of honey and bumble bees as insects facing a very troubling and uncertain future. To make his point, Halter describes the bees' habitat, its capacity to pollinate and collect nectar, and the various dangers facing their precarious existence. It is a very readable book, packed with useful facts that underscore how critical and irreplaceable this wonderful creature is to the health of the planet and how various diseases and disorders are conspiring to wipe them out. Halter describes an incredible list of human products that are directly linked to bees: colognes, antiperspirants, dyes, waxes, candies, foodstuffs, and preservatives. Above all else, bees are indispensable to the propagation and sustaining of orchards. Unfortunately, like humans, bees are susceptible to carcinogens like coumaphos found in many pesticides. Recent research also shows the emergence of deadly viruses that attack and compromise the genetic ability of bees to fight off infection. Other stress factors threatening the future of bees include: the heavy reliance on corn syrup for feeding them; the presence of electromagnetic radiation coming from transmission lines; and the negative affect of heatwaves on soil fertility. To end his comprehensive coverage of bees, the author provides a very helpful chapter on ways to personally protect them in their natural environment. Overall, a very useful handbook on how to become involved in the protection of this endangered species.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK May 26 2011
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THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT NOT ONLY IMPARTS AMAZING INFORMATION BUT INSTILLS A SENSE OF WONDER AT THE COMPLEX AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE AND WORK OF THE BEE. NOT ONLY INSPIRATIONAL FOR WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM BEES THAT MIGHT HELP US BE BETTER PEOPLE BUT ALSO JUST HOW MUCH WE NEED THE BEES TO SURVIVE ON THIS PLANET. A WONDROUS AND INSPIRING LITTLE BOOK!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sept. 8 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is well written but it's a little too short. I would have loved a longer read.

It's a must for anyone interested in bees or nature in general, a worthy addition to any library.
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We are excited about adding this title to our collection. It was a great deal!
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