By Dharam P. Abrol
The global is dealing with meals difficulty because the turning out to be human inhabitants is posing a hazard to average assets and quick drawing close famine. within the subsequent 50 years, the worldwide inhabitants is anticipated to arrive nine billion doubling the foodstuff, feed and crop call for. Concomitantly, this case has extra irritated due to pollinator decline all over the world leading to pollination concern. those difficulties were additional aided and abetted by way of a scarcity of prophylactic growth within the conservation of biodiversity and elevated agricultural construction. between pollinators, honeybees are declining at alarming expense. the ecu honeybee Apis mellifera is a well-studied insect. nonetheless the Asiatic honeybee Apis cerana which has supplied mankind with helpful items, conservation of usual assets and pollination of agricultural plants is comparatively little understood. This publication discusses info on different elements of Apis cerana biology, biogeography, copy, genetics, molecular phylogeny, interplay with different spoecies, floral assets, dance language, security from insecticides, administration difficulties, lack of genetic range, behavioural defence, function in foodstuff construction, livelihood defense and conservation ideas for safeguarding biodiversity and embellishing crop productivity. The compilation of this ebook is exclusive within the experience that during the context of pollinator decline over the realm, conservation of this species might be a step for maintaining nutrition protection. The publication should be necessary to beekeepers, pollination biologists, scholars, lecturers, scientists of agriculture, animal behaviour, botany, conservation, biology, ecology, entomology, environmental biology, forestry, genetics, plant breeding, horticulture, toxicology, zoology, seed growers and seed agencies.
The writer is a well-known bee scientist, honoured with numerous nationwide and foreign awards. He has released over two hundred unique learn papers, authored 10 books and visited Switzerland, Poland, South Korea,Malaysia and several nations as distinctive invitee.
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Once bees are kept in hives, it is easier to collect both honey and other products. Second, farmers benefit from the bees as pollinators. A. cerana has the ideal characteristics to ensure pollination of mountain crops. It has adapted its foraging patterns to suit the changing flowering and nectar production rhythms that result from the uncertain and variable climatic conditions in mountain areas. It can work under cool conditions and is ideally suited as a pollinator of early-flowering crops like almonds, peaches, and plums.
0 %. A. cerana honeys have a high invertase content and low diastase, catalase and glucose oxidase values, compared to those of A. mellifera. 44 for catalase. Heat and long storage under tropical conditions reduce the enzyme content. Microscopical analysis of apiary honeys (Seethalakshmi 1983) shows generally a high pollen content. The absolute pollen count of 12 samples studied varied from 26,000 to 225,000 grains per 10 g. The pollen types in the honeys showed a wide range. 54 (Phadke et al. 1969).
He has visited South Korea, Malaysia and several other countries as special invitee to these countries. Besides receiving letters of appreciation from different organizations, he is also the recipient ofYoung ScientistAward—1992 conferred by the Jammu and Kashmir State Council for Science and Technology—a prestigious State Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of agricultural sciences. Besides, he is also the recipient of Pran Vohra Award—1993—a prestigious Young Scientist Award conferred by Indian Science Congress Association Calcutta for his outstanding and innovative research in the field of agricultural sciences.