Biodiversity Conservation and Agricultural Production
Abrol, Dharam P.
2012, XXIX, 792p. 23 illus., 18 illus. in color.
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Modern approaches in pollination such as energetics of pollination
Biochemical basis of pollination
Dangers resulting from pollination crisis
This book discusses the interplay between pollinators, agriculture, and the environment. The book is an unique blend of pure and applied science placed in the broader human social context. It deals with basic and applied aspects of pollination biology. The chapters on pollination energetics, climate change, pollinator decline, biochemical basis of plant-pollination interaction, pollinators as bioindicators of ecosystem functioning, consequences of introduced honeybees upon native bee communities and capacity building are innovative and provide a base for future insights into pollination biology. The book will be useful to pollination biologists, students, teachers, 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 author is a well known bee scientist, honoured with several national and international awards. He has published over 200 original research papers, authored 10 books and visited Switzerland, Poland, South Korea and several other countries as special invitee.
1. Introduction.- 2. Historical perspective.- 3. Pollination-basic concepts.- 4. Applied pollination- present scenario.- 5. Honeybees and crop pollination.- 6. Wild bees and crop pollination.- 7. Value of bee pollination.- 8. Planned honeybee pollination for crop production.- 9. Non bee pollinators- plant interaction.- 10. Safety of pollinators.- 11. Pollination in cages.- 12. Pollination for hybrid seed production.- 13. Biochemical basis of plant- pollination interaction.- 14. Pollination energetic.- 15. Climate change and pollinators.- 16. Pollinators as bioindicators of ecosystem functioning.- 17. Decline in Pollinators.- 18. The Problem of Diseases in Bees.- 19. Consequences of introduced honeybees upon native bee communities.- 20. Genetically modified plants and bees.- 21. Conservation of pollinators for crop plants and wildlife.- 22. The role of pollination in improving food security and livelihoods.- 23. Capacity building and awareness for pollinators.