Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers, and Conservationists (NRAES 186)

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This handbook is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumblebees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other alternatives to honey bee pollinators. Descriptions detail habitat, nesting, appearance, behavior, parasites, and more. Indepth information on the nest construction, parasite and disease management, habitat conservation, IPM for beekeepers, and avoiding pesticide poisoning. The business of pollination is discussed including the pollination costs for honey bees, leafcutter bees, bumble bees, and mason bees. A sample pollination contract is included. Includes parasite and disease management guidelines, a bibliography, and list of additional sources of information. It contains 130 color photos and 10 chapters.

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This 162 page publication (NRAES-186) was originally published by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES, previously known as the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service), a multi-university program in the Northeast US disbanded in 2011. Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS) was subsequently formed to manage the NRAES catalog. Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.
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2010-02
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Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES)
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Bee culture; Bumblebees; Mason bees; Megachilidae; Pollinators; Bees; Garden and Landscape; Small-Scale Farming
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Lee-Mäder, E., Spivak, M., and Evans, E. (2010). Managing alternative pollinators: a handbook for beekeepers, growers, and conservationists. [Beltsville, MD]: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.
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