Textbook of Apiculture (Beekeeping)

ISBN Number : 978-93-5299-198-3

Library Price : Rs.4000

Library Dollar Price : 160$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2019

No. Of Pages : 304

Book Weight :574

About The Book

Honey is a gift of nature to the mankind. The worker honey bees collect nectars from the flowers, processed in their special stomach, called 'honey stomach' and deposit it in honeycomb by regurgitated processed nectar. In ancient times, the honey collectors used to collect honey from wild beehives attached to the rocks, trees or house corners. This practice is still continued today in most of the developing countries including India. The keeping of bees in hives and obtaining honey was started by a bishop in Hartz Mountain of Poland during 11th century. This probably was the first commercial production of honey. However, when Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, a resident of Yorkshire migrated to USA, discovered 'the movable comb honey'. During 19th century, the beekeeping was started scientifically in all other countries and developed the technology of obtaining honey and other bee products like royal jelly, propolis, beebread, apitoxin, beeswax (zebrus) and apichitin in pharmaceutical, food industries, cosmetics, paints, polish, etc.

The beekeeping is an important bioresource of sustainable development of livelihoods and its role in removing poverty. It increases the agricultural crop yield by 10 per cent to 20 per cent through pollination by bees. Hence, bees are the friends of the farmers. It can be a foreign exchange industry. China is the biggest exporter of honey to Europe and America. Recently, more emphasis is being given to use the beekeeping practice for pollination of crops and fruit plants in India. However, the technologies to extract and prepare different bee products are not practised, nor they are applied in India. The present book describes recent technologies for enhancing the yield of honey and other bee products and marketing them for income generation.


Contents -

1. History of Beekeeping
2. Fundamental of Apiculture
3. Modern Technology of Apiculture
4. Commercial Beekeeping in India
5. Diseases and Enemies of Bees
6. Culture of Stingless Bees (Apidae: Meliponini)
7. Honey Production and its Uses
8. Recipes of Honey
9. Other Bee Products
10. Detoxifying Mechanism of Honey in Drug Toxicity
11. Production of Herb Honey
12. Apitherapy (Medical Applications)
13. Cosmetics, Food and Drinks from Bee Products
14. Apiculture and Agriculture
15. Beekeeping and Livelihoods
16. Marketing Techniques
Government Head Offices of Apiculture of India
Appendix 1: Apiculture Terms
Appendix 2: Short Article by Dr. J.W. Dobrowolski

About The Author

Dr. D.K. Belsare, M. Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc. F.N.A.Sc., F.Z.S.I is the Former Professor of Bioscience, Barkatullah University Bhopal. He was post-doctoral fellow in Baylor College of Medicine Houston, UNEP Fellow, National Academy Science Fellow, Zoological Society Fellow, Advisory Member for Apipol Company Krakow Poland, Director Environmental Planning & Coordination Organization, Bhopal, Advisor Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal, Member Technical Committee, Fish Culture Center of CIFE at Powarkheda, Member of Technical Committee on Wildlife Madhya Pradesh etc and was teaching post-graduate classes for 30 years, He published more than 160 papers in scientific journals. He has written books on (i) Tropical Fish farming, (ii) Introduction to Biodiversity, (iii) Hydrology and Hydrobiology of Rivers & Streams of Indian Subcontinent, (iv) Bee-keeping for Livelihoods and Health, (v) Vanishing Roar of Bengal Tigers and contributed chapters in many books.

He traveled in European Countries, Malayasia and U.S.A. and attended nearly 170 symposia, conferences and seminars at National and International level.

For his distinguished scientific contributions, he was awarded University Gold Medal, Zoological, Society Gold Medal, 20th Century Gold Medal, Zoological Conference Gold Medal, and Best Senior Indian Scientist Gold Medal. His life time research is mainly focused on hormones, aquaculture, water management, wildlife biology and management and biodiversity conservation.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh, M.Sc., D.F.Sc., Ph.D. (Israel), FZSI, FIAES, F.S.L.Sc, FIASN, F.N.A.Sc, FIFSI is consultant of the World Bank of UNIFAO, Bangaladesh and Nigeria. And has expertise in Shrimp Farming and Hatchery Management Fish Nutrition and Diseses and ornamental in fisher, pal culture.

He has published more than 175 research papers and authored 37 book chapters and attended nearly 200 Symposia, Conferences and Seminars at National and International. For his distinguished scientific contributions, he was awarded Gold Medal, Zoological, Society, Indian Academy of Environmental Science, Indian Academy of Science & Nature. (FOREIGN SECRETARY, ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA).

Dr. Mrs. Shashikala D. Belsare, M.Sc., Ph.D. is the former Professor of Biochemistry and Head of the Department of Bioscience, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. She received Life-time Research Award and Gold Medal for her outstanding research on drugs and environmental chemicals at the hands of Dr. Mrs Saxena, General Secretary, Indian Science Congress in 2016 at Chennai. Dr. Belsare did her research in Baylor College of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Institute Houston (Texas U.S.A.), Pharmacy Department of Nagpur University, Technical University Dresden (Germany) and Bioscience Department of Barkatullah University, Bhopal. She also won several awards for her research in the past, like Globally reputed Vijay Ratan Award for excellence in science & technology & lifetime achievement in economic growth & national integration 2005, Global Glory Gold Medal Institute of National Integration New Delhi 2005, 20th Century Gold Medal & Eminent Scientist Award during National Conference on "Vision 21st Century" held on 28-31st December 2002, organized by Bangalore University, Bangalore (Karnataka).

*Award for best plenary lecture delivered at All India Symposium on Recent Trends in Life Science organized by Amravati University, Amravati (Maharashtra) on 16-19 November 2002. She held several positions like Dean of Life Science Faculty Barkatullah University, Rawatpura Sarkar University Gwalior and Member of UGC Committee and UPSC Delhi.

Mr. Ravindra Aliai Raviraj Himmatrao Deshmukh - He is a President of Mahagram Agro Producer Company Ltd., Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Gram Darpan - the leading NGO in rural development. Maharashtra Gram Darpan is also working on water conservation in rural and urban area, water supply scheme, dairy in rural areas, and business partner with NABARD Financial Services Ltd. (Nabfins) as well as the implementing agencies with CAIM project supported by (IFAD). He is also awarded as Best Citizen of India in 1999. He was also awarded in 2017 by Unnat Bharat Abhiyan for best work in agriculture development in rural area.

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