Healthy Bees: Managing pests, diseases and other disorders of the honey bee: AgGuide - A Practical Guide

NSW Agriculture
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The aim of this book is to provide bee-keepers with a guide to the common pests and diseases of bees.

Healthy Bees covers seasonal factors that affect the health of the colony, nutrition, non-infectious disorders, diseases, exotic pests, and strategies to prevent them.

Clear photographs to help you recognise and identify pests and diseases, and videos demonstrate collecting samples from your hive.

 

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About the author

Doug Somerville is employed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries as a Technical Specialist for Honey Bees. He has over 25 years experience assisting bee keepers and honey producers with

·      best management practices in keeping honey bees;

·      seasonal management enquiries;

·      disease/pest management processes;

·      starting out in bees;

·      progressing from an amateur beekeeper to a business in keeping bees.

Doug Somerville has beekeeping experience in the United Kingdom and Canada and has been a guest speaker at several international conferences. He also manages over 100 hives himself for research, honey production and pollination.

 

Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgSkills series.

 

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Publisher
NSW Agriculture
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Published on
Feb 20, 2015
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Pages
81
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ISBN
9781742566795
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Language
English
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Genres
Reference / General
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Beekeeping
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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