The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in by Gene Kritsky

By Gene Kritsky

Beekeeping is a sixteen-billion-dollar-a-year enterprise. however the useful honey bee now faces serious threats from illnesses, mites, insecticides, and overwork, let alone the mysterious Colony cave in disease, which factors likely fit bees to desert their hives en masse, by no means to return.

In The Quest for the right Hive, entomologist Gene Kritsky bargains a concise, superbly illustrated background of beekeeping, tracing the evolution of hive layout from old Egypt to the current. no longer easily a descriptive account, the publication means that beekeeping's lengthy heritage may well in truth comprise clues to assist beekeepers struggle the decline in honey bee numbers. Kritsky courses us in the course of the development from early mud-based horizontal hives to the ascent of the easy straw skep (the inverted basket which has been in use for over 1,500 years), from hive design's Golden Age in Victorian England up in the course of the current. He discusses what labored, what didn't, and what we now have forgotten approximately previous hives that may support counter the risk to beekeeping this day. certainly, whereas now we have sequenced the honey bee genome and complex our wisdom of the bugs themselves, we nonetheless continue our bees in hives that experience replaced little prior to now century. If beekeeping is to outlive, Kritsky argues, we needs to commence inventing back. We needs to locate the precise hive for our times.

For hundreds of thousands of years, the honey bee has been an essential component of human tradition. The Quest for the precise Hive not just deals a colourful account of this lengthy historical past, but additionally presents a consultant for making sure its continuation into the future.

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