Keith Delaplane and Daniel Mayer
2000 352 pages Hardback (D130).
This book is a practical, research-based guide covering pollination and how bees and flowers interact. There are warnings about the vulnerability of crop pollinators and how dangerous the world can be to them, in terms of pesticide use and bee diseases. Both authors have carried out extensive research in the USA but much of the book relates to pollination from a world perspective. The 51 chapters also discuss honeybee biology, bee conservation, bees and pesticides, bumblebees, alkali bees, alfalfa leaf-cutting bees, mason bees and other soil nesting bees, plus individual chapters on important crops including apple, beans, cotton, tomatoes and soybean. The appendices include a sample pollination agreement contract and a table of pesticides.