The Forgotten Pollinators

  • Filename: the-forgotten-pollinators.
  • ISBN: 9781597269087
  • Release Date: 2012-06-22
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Stephen L. Buchmann
  • Publisher: Island Press

Consider this: Without interaction between animals and flowering plants, the seeds and fruits that make up nearly eighty percent of the human diet would not exist.In The Forgotten Pollinators, Stephen L. Buchmann, one of the world's leading authorities on bees and pollination, and Gary Paul Nabhan, award-winning writer and renowned crop ecologist, explore the vital but little-appreciated relationship between plants and the animals they depend on for reproduction -- bees, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, bats, and countless other animals, some widely recognized and other almost unknown.Scenes from around the globe -- examining island flora and fauna on the Galapagos, counting bees in the Panamanian rain forest, witnessing an ancient honey-hunting ritual in Malaysia -- bring to life the hidden relationships between plants and animals, and demonstrate the ways in which human society affects and is affected by those relationships. Buchmann and Nabhan combine vignettes from the field with expository discussions of ecology, botany, and crop science to present a lively and fascinating account of the ecological and cultural context of plant-pollinator relationships.More than any other natural process, plant-pollinator relationships offer vivid examples of the connections between endangered species and threatened habitats. The authors explain how human-induced changes in pollinator populations -- caused by overuse of chemical pesticides, unbridled development, and conversion of natural areas into monocultural cropland-can have a ripple effect on disparate species, ultimately leading to a "cascade of linked extinctions."

The Reason for Flowers

  • Filename: the-reason-for-flowers.
  • ISBN: 9781476755533
  • Release Date: 2016-02-09
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Stephen Buchmann
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

An exploration of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, and perfumes reveals their origins, myriad shapes, colors, textures and scents, bizarre sex lives, and how humans-- and the natural world-- relate and depend upon them.

Crop Pollination by Bees

  • Filename: crop-pollination-by-bees.
  • ISBN: 085199783X
  • Release Date: 2000-06-28
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Keith S. Delaplane
  • Publisher: CABI

The collapse of the ubiquitous honeybee population during the past 20 years has caused a pollination vacuum for many crops. Surveys and grower experience indicate that a crisis exists in our pollinator populations. This book is an accessible, practical and authoritative research-based guideto using bees for crop pollination. It emphasizes conserving feral bee populations as well as more traditional methods of culturing honeybees and other bees. There are three main sections that address the biology of pollination, culturing and managing bees for optimum crop pollination, andindividual crop pollination requirements and recommendations. This last section includes 42 short chapters on different crops.

Evolution of Plant Pollinator Relationships

  • Filename: evolution-of-plant-pollinator-relationships.
  • ISBN: 9781139504072
  • Release Date: 2011-12-08
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Sébastien Patiny
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What are the evolutionary mechanisms and ecological implications behind a pollinator choosing its favourite flower? Sixty-five million years of evolution has created the complex and integrated system which we see today and understanding the interactions involved is key to environmental sustainability. Examining pollination relationships from an evolutionary perspective, this book covers both botanical and zoological aspects. It addresses the puzzling question of co-speciation and co-evolution and the complexity of the relationships between plant and pollinator, the development of which is examined through the fossil record. Additional chapters are dedicated to the evolution of floral displays and signalling, as well as their role in pollination syndromes and the building of pollination networks. Wide-ranging in its coverage, it outlines current knowledge and complex emerging topics, demonstrating how advances in research methods are applied to pollination biology.

Attracting Native Pollinators

  • Filename: attracting-native-pollinators.
  • ISBN: 9781603427470
  • Release Date: 2011-02-28
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: The Xerces Society
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing

With the recent decline of the European honey bee, it is more important than ever to encourage the activity of other native pollinators to keep your flowers beautiful and your grains and produce plentiful. In Attracting Native Pollinators, you’ll find ideas for building nesting structures and creating a welcoming habitat for an array of diverse pollinators that includes not only bees, but butterflies, moths, and more. Take action and protect North America’s food supply for the future, while at the same time enjoying a happily bustling landscape.

How Landscapes Change

  • Filename: how-landscapes-change.
  • ISBN: 3540436979
  • Release Date: 2002-12-06
  • Number of pages: 362
  • Author: Gay A. Bradshaw
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

North and South America share similar human and ecological histories and, increasingly, economic and social linkages. As such, issues of ecosystem functions and disruptions form a common thread among these cultures. This volume synthesizes the perspectives of several disciplines, such as ecology, anthropology, economy, and conservation biology. The chief goal is to gain an understanding of how human and ecological processes interact to affect ecosystem functions and species in the Americas. Throughout the text the emphasis is placed on habitat fragmentation. At the same time, the book provides an overview of current theory, methods, and approaches used in the analysis of ecosystem disruptions and fragmentation.

Honey Bees

  • Filename: honey-bees.
  • ISBN: 9780385737708
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 212
  • Author: Stephen L. Buchmann
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

A professor of entomology and bee expert introduces readers to the intricate world of honeybees, revealing the myriad functions of hives, the fundamental link between bees and humans, and pressing environmental concerns.

Urban Homesteading

  • Filename: urban-homesteading.
  • ISBN: 9781616080549
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Rachel Kaplan
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

Teaches self-reliance, sustainability, and green living in urban areas, from growing food with limited space and making solar cookers to raising chickens.

Status of Pollinators in North America

  • Filename: status-of-pollinators-in-north-america.
  • ISBN: 0309164559
  • Release Date: 2007-04-13
  • Number of pages: 322
  • Author: Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America
  • Publisher: National Academies Press

Pollinators--insects, birds, bats, and other animals that carry pollen from the male to the female parts of flowers for plant reproduction--are an essential part of natural and agricultural ecosystems throughout North America. For example, most fruit, vegetable, and seed crops and some crops that provide fiber, drugs, and fuel depend on animals for pollination. This report provides evidence for the decline of some pollinator species in North America, including America's most important managed pollinator, the honey bee, as well as some butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds. For most managed and wild pollinator species, however, population trends have not been assessed because populations have not been monitored over time. In addition, for wild species with demonstrated declines, it is often difficult to determine the causes or consequences of their decline. This report outlines priorities for research and monitoring that are needed to improve information on the status of pollinators and establishes a framework for conservation and restoration of pollinator species and communities.

Renewing America s Food Traditions

  • Filename: renewing-america-s-food-traditions.
  • ISBN: 9781933392899
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Renewing America's Food Traditionsis a beautifully illustrated dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity of foods that gives North America its distinctive culinary identity that reflects our multicultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions associated with the rarest food plants and animals in North America. In doing so, it reminds us that what we choose to eat can either conserve or deplete the cornucopia of our continent. While offering a eulogy to a once-common game food that has gone extinct--the passenger pigeon--the book doesn't dwell on tragic losses. Instead, it highlights the success stories of food recovery, habitat restoration, and market revitalization that chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and foresters have recently achieved. Through such "food parables," editor Gary Paul Nabhan and his colleagues build a persuasive argument for eater-based conservation. In addition, this book offers the first-ever list of foods at risk in America (more than a thousand), shows how all of us can personally support and participate in such recoveries, and lists food festivals held across the continent to honor and enjoy some of the country's most iconic foods, from crab cakes to maple syrup and filé gumbo. Organized by "food nations" named for the ecological and cultural keystone foods of each region--Salmon Nation, Bison Nation, Chile Pepper Nation, among others--this book offers an altogether fresh perspective on the culinary traditions of North America.

Principles of Pollination Ecology

  • Filename: principles-of-pollination-ecology.
  • ISBN: 9781483293035
  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: K. Faegri
  • Publisher: Elsevier

A completely revised and rewritten edition of this comprehensive survey of the botanical problems of pollination ecology approached from both a theoretical and a practical viewpoint. Examples are drawn from all geographical areas where pollination has been studied and general principles are illustrated by a number of concrete examples. Introductory chapters survey the technical problems and draw comparisons with spore dissemination in cryptogams and pollination in gymnosperms. The following chapters deal with angiosperm pollination and are divided into three parts: organs involved in pollination, flower types and pollinator activities

Singing the Turtles to Sea

  • Filename: singing-the-turtles-to-sea.
  • ISBN: 0520217314
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 317
  • Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"This ethnobiology contains information on the origins, biogeography and conservation status of the marine and desert reptiles of the region and links the importance of preserving ecological diversity with issues such as endangered languages and human rights. Singing the Turtles to Sea ultimately points the way toward a more hopeful future for the native cultures and animals of the Sonoran Desert and for the preservation of indigenous cultures and species around the world."--BOOK JACKET.

Neither Wolf nor Dog

  • Filename: neither-wolf-nor-dog.
  • ISBN: 1577318862
  • Release Date: 2010-09-07
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Kent Nerburn
  • Publisher: New World Library

Acclaimed author Kent Nerburn creates an incisive character study of a Native American elder, against the unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas. Nerburn draws us deep into the world of this elder, identified only as Dan, as we journey to where the vast Dakota skies overtake us and the whisperings of the wind speak of ancestral voices. As this spellbinding story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the power of silence, the difference between land and property, white people's urge to claim an Indian heritage, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. This is a story of fathers and sons, of the struggle for redemption after the loss of innocence, of distinct cultures on a common land.

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