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Pot-Pollen in Stingless Bee Melittology

Editors: Vit, Patricia, Pedro, Silvia RM, Roubik, David (Eds.)

  • Provides reviews, new research, guidelines, and references on diverse topics concerning pollen from the world's leading experts 
  • Investigates controlling factors in the behavior of pollinators returning to their nests, predicting behavior of different stingless bee species
  • Analyzes the development of artificial diets, management, pest control, and marketing of stingless bee-keeping
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This book covers pot-pollen—the other product, besides honey, stored in cerumen pots by Meliponini. Critical assessment is given of stingless bee and pot-pollen biodiversity in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Topics addressed include historical biogeography, cultural knowledge, bee foraging behavior, pollination, ecological interactions, health applications, microbiology, the natural history of bee nests, and chemical, bioactive and individual plant components in stored pollen. Pot-pollen maintains the livelihoods of stingless bees and provides many interesting biological products that are just now beginning to be understood. The Meliponini have developed particular nesting biologies, uses of building materials, and an architecture for pollen storage. Environmental windows provide optimal temperature and availability of pollen sources for success in plant pollination and pollen storage. Palynological composition and pollen taxonomy are used to assess stingless honey bee pollination services. Pollen processing with microorganisms in the nest modifies chemical composition and bioactivity, and confers nutraceutical benefits to the honey and pollen widely relished by native people. Humans have always used stingless bees. Yet, sustainable meliponiculture (stingless bee-keeping) projects have so far lacked a treatise on pot-pollen, which experts provide in this transdisciplinary, groundbreaking volume.

About the authors

Professor Patricia Vit, MSc PhD
Universidad de Los AndesFaculty of Pharmacy and BioanalysisFood Science DepartmentMérida, Venezuela
The Sydney UniversityCancer Research GroupDiscipline of Biomedical ScienceSydney, Australia

Dr. Silvia R.M. PedroUniversidade de São PauloSchool of Philosophy, Sciences and LiteratureBiology DepartmentBrasil

Dr. David W. RoubikSmithsonian Tropical Research InstituteTerrestrial Biology DivisionEntomology DepartmentPanama

Table of contents (31 chapters)

  • Pot-Pollen as a Discipline: What Does It Include?

    Roubik, David W. (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

  • Are Stingless Bees a Broadly Polylectic Group? An Empirical Study of the Adjustments Required for an Improved Assessment of Pollen Diet in Bees

    Vossler, Favio Gerardo

    Pages 17-28

  • Pollen Collected by Stingless Bees: A Contribution to Understanding Amazonian Biodiversity

    Absy, Maria L. (et al.)

    Pages 29-46

  • The Stingless Honey Bees (Apidae, Apinae: Meliponini) in Panama and Pollination Ecology from Pollen Analysis

    Roubik, David W. (et al.)

    Pages 47-66

  • The Value of Plants for the Mayan Stingless Honey Bee Melipona beecheii (Apidae: Meliponini): A Pollen-Based Study in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

    Villanueva-Gutiérrez, Rogel (et al.)

    Pages 67-76

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61839-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61838-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pot-Pollen in Stingless Bee Melittology
Editors
  • Patricia Vit
  • Silvia RM Pedro
  • David Roubik
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61839-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61839-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61838-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 481
Number of Illustrations
45 b/w illustrations, 87 illustrations in colour
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