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Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems

Rosalind James and Theresa L. Pitts-Singer


Bees play a vital role as pollinators for many agricultural crops. This book discusses the interplay between bees, agriculture, and the environment. Although honey bees are well recognized as pollinators, managed bumble bees and solitary bees are also critical for the successful pollination of certain crops, while wild bees provide a free service. As bees liberally pass pollen from one plant to the next, they also impact the broader ecosystem, and not always to the benefit of humankind. Bees can enhance the unintentional spread of genes from genetically engineered plants, and may increase the ... More

Keywords: bees, beekeeping, biological control, gene flow, genetic engineering, insect pathology, pollination, wild land re-vegetation, invasive species

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195316957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195316957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosalind James, editor
Utah State University, Logan

Theresa L. Pitts-Singer, editor
Utah State University, Logan

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Part 1 Bee-Provided Delivery Services

1 Bees in Nature and on the Farm

Theresa L. Pitts-Singer, and Rosalind R. James

3 Crop Pollination in Greenhouses

José M. Guerra-Sanz

5 Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, and Biocontrol

Peter G. Kevan, Jean-Pierre Kapongo, Mohammad Al-mazra'awi, and Les Shipp

Part 2 Managing Solitary Bees

6 Life Cycle Ecophysiology of Osmia Mason Bees Used as Crop Pollinators

Jordi Bosch, Fabio Sgolastra, and William P. Kemp

Part 3 Environmental Risks Associated With Bees

13 The Future of Agricultural Pollination

Rosalind R. James, and Theresa L. Pitts-Singer

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