Edited by Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonsceca, Antonio Mauro Saraiva and David De Jong
2006 96 pages plus 14 pages of colour images and illustrations soft cover (I400)
This book is the outcome of the Workshop São Paulo Declaration on Pollinators plus Five held at the University of São Paulo, Brazil in October 2003, focussing on ways to maximise the usefulness of indigenous pollinators and improved management of Africanised honey bees. Chapters cover: Surveying and monitoring of pollinators in natural landscapes and in cultivated fields; Assessment of pollinator-mediated gene flow; and Bee management for pollination purposes, including bumblebees, solitary bees, honey bees and stingless bees.
The book includes tables of cultivated plants that probably benefit from pollination by solitary bees, recommendations for individual crops, and stingless bees used as crop pollinators, also the outcome from a workshop on Information Technology for Pollinator Initiatives. These workshops were co-ordinated by the International Pollinators Initiative and included participation by leaders of the African, Brazilian, European, and North American Pollinators Initiatives. This book serves as a guideline for initiatives in Brazil and neighbouring countries, and as a model for other pollinator initiatives.
Brazil has successfully demonstrated viable pollination techniques using several species of social stingless bees and with other groups of indigenous social and solitary bees, and probably has the largest number of university-employed bee researchers in the world.
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