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The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees
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Jurgen Tautz Diedrich Steen
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The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees

Jurgen Tautz Diedrich Steen


Black Inc

Mathematics & Sciences;
Popular science;
Insects (entomology);
Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders


288 pages

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Bee hives might look like seething anarchy at first glance, but bees know exactly what they are doing. The universe of the beehive is an intricately organised, delicately balanced ecosystem. From the mighty queen to the lowliest worker bees, each bee plays its part in the whole.

The Honey Factory plunges the reader into the invisible life of a bee colony and reveals the secrets of this fascinating world. How do worker bees come to a collective decision? What does the honeybees' waggling dance communicate? What provokes the sexual excesses of the young queen bee? And why is the precious relationship between humans and bees a matter of species survival?

Combining the most fascinating scientific discoveries and greatest secrets in bee research, The Honey Factory answers these questions and more.

By:   Jurgen Tautz, Diedrich Steen
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   378g
ISBN:   9781760640408
ISBN 10:   1760640409
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction 1 Feng shui in the pitch dark: The factory and equipment of a bee colony From a hollow tree to mass production: The evolution of beekeeping Comb network technology 2 Labouring in an annual rhythm: Teamwork in the honey factory Feminine power in the bee colony The bee dance: Rethinking old concepts The drones The queen bee Bee intelligence: How bees see the world 3 Honey is not everything, but nothing runs without honey: The honey production line Bee venom, royal jelly and beeswax Propolis, pollen and bee bread Creme de la creme - honey 4 Founding a daughter company: The swarm Driven by nature Swarm intelligence: How bees move house Events in the old factory: The terror of succession Beekeepers as killjoys 5 Industrial espionage, robberies and invaders: Bees as aggressors Hostile takeovers: How bees steal from one another The menace of Verroa mites 6 Industrial invaders: Bees and their struggle to survive The myth of the dying honeybees Industrial beekeeping and why dying out remains a possibility Back to the future: Rediscovering old practices Epilogue: Are honeybees self-aware? Appendix

Jurgen Tautz is an internationally recognised expert on bees and professor emeritus at W3rzburg University. Since 2006 he has been in charge of the HOneyBee Online Studies (HOBOS) interdisciplinary project. Tautz has authored numerous publications and been awarded several prizes for his work in science education. Diedrich Steen is a publishing director. Bees have been kept in his family for over 100 years, and he has been an active beekeeper himself for twenty years.

'An enriching read for anyone who is moved by the secret beauty of our world and who cares about the future of our ecosystems.' --Peter Wohlleben, international bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees--Peter Wohlleben

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