Bee Information

Bee Information – Reading and Resources

The following bee information and resources are organized by subject (listed below). Within each subject, information is organized by type of resource.

Categories Types of Resources
Bees — General Reference Materials
Honeybees Books: Current Concerns and Events
Other Bees and Pollinators Books: Classic Works
Beekeeping– General Research Articles
Threats to Bees Newspaper Articles
Honey and Hive Products Films
Gardening, Farming and Pollination Blogs
Allergies to Bees and Bee Products Research Groups
Bees and Honey in China Action Groups
Area-Specific Newsletters and Associations Information Web Sites

Bees — Generalbee information

Reference MaterialsMichener, C. D. Bees of the World. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.Research Groups has compiled a list of academics doing research on bees around the world. Check out this growing list.

Action Groups

Plan Bee: UK-based community co-operative with a petition to ‘save the bees’.

Honeybees bee information Return to the top
Reference MaterialsHarman, Ann and Garceau, Sharon. The ABC & XYZ Of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining To The Scientific And Practical Culture Of Honey Bees. Medina, OH: A.I. Root Company, 2007.Books: Classic Works

The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. Medina, OH: A.I. Root Company, 1877.


The Secret Life of Bees. Dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood. Based on book by Sue Monk Kidd. Perf. Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2008.

Research Groups

The Bee Research Unit in Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension.

The Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. I’ve heard them speak. The chief beekeeper is highly knowledgeable and a pleasure to talk to, but the researchers seem to be in denial about Colony Collapse Disorder.

Other Bees and Pollinators Return to the top
Reference MaterialsMader, Eric, Vaughan, Mace, Shepherd, Matthew, Hoffman Black, Scott. Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (2010).Velthuis, HHW. “The Historical Background of the Domestication of the Bumble-Bee, Bombus Terrestris, and its Introduction in Agriculture.” In Pollinating Bees – The Conservation LinkBetween Agriculture and Nature Eds. P. Kevan and Fonseca VL Imperatriz. Brasília: Ministry of Environment, 2002. 177-184.

Research Articles bee information

Steven Carruthers. “Bumblebees for Pollination of Greenhouse Tomato Crops in Australia“. Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses, 88 (2006).McNeil, R., Pidduck, W. “The Effectiveness of the Western Bumblebee in Pollinating Hass Avocado Trees.” Proceedings V World Avocado Congress (Actas V Congreso Mundial del Aguacate) (2003): 253.

Research Groups bee information

University of Georgia doctoral student, Athena Anderson, is conducting a survey on bumblebee nesting in North America.

University of Delaware: lead researcher, Dr. Deborah Delaney

The “Big Bee” Project at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK

The National Bumblebee Nest Survey by Rothamsted Research in the UK

Beekeeping– General bee information Return to the top
Reference MaterialsAkratanakul, Pongthep. “Beekeeping in Asia.” FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin68/4, 1990.Crane, Eva. The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting. London: Gerald Duckworth and Company, 1999.

Books: Current Events and Issues

Bonney, Richard E. Beekeeping: A Practical Guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, LLC, 1993.

De Bruyn, Clive. Practical Beekeeping. Wiltshire, UK: The Crowood Press Ltd, 1997.

Thompkins, E. and Griffith, R. Practical Beekeeping. Charlotte, VT: Garden Way Publishing, 1977.

Books: Classic Works

Nutt, Thomas. Humanity to Honey-bees: or, Practical Directions for the Management of Honey Bees. Wisbech: H. & J. Leach, 1832.

Research Groups

Project Apis m.: A collaborative endeavour established by beekeepers and orchardists and based in Chico, CA. Research is aimed at improving and maintaining economic viability for beekeepers.

Threats to Bees bee information Return to the top
Books: Current Events and IssuesBenjamin, Allison and McCallum, Brian. A World Without Bees. London: Cornerstone, 2010.Jacobsen, Rowan. Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.

Packer, Laurence. Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2010.

Schacker, Michael. A Spring without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply. Guilford, Conn: Globe Pequot Press, 2008.

Shapiro, Zachary. We’re All in the Same Boat. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009.

Research Articles

Felton, J.C., Oomen, P.A., Stevenson, J.H. “Toxicity and hazard of pesticides to honeybees: Harmonization of test methods.” Bee World 67:3 (1986): 114.

Khoury, D.S., Myerscough, M.R., Barron, A.B. “A Quantitative Model of Honey Bee Colony Population Dynamics.” PLoS ONE 6:4 (2011): e18491. Full text available here.

Mullin, Christopher A., Frazier, Maryann, Frazier, James L., Ashcraft, Sara, Simonds, Roger, vanEngelsdorp, Dennis, Pettis, Jeffery S. “High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health” PLoS ONE 5:3 (2010): e9754. Full text article here.

Pettis, Jeffery S., Delaplane, Keith S. “Coordinated responses to honey bee decline in the USA.” Apidologie 41:3 (2010): 256. This article is available for free at

Underwood, R.M., vanEngelsdorp, D. “Colony Collapse Disorder: Have We Seen This Before?” Bee Culture 135:7 (2007):13. Full text available here.

vanEngelsdorp, D., Evans, J.D., Saegerman, C., Mullin, C., Haubruge, E., Nguyen, B.K., Frazier, M. Frazier, J., Cox-Foster, D., Chen, Y.P., Underwood, R., Tarpy, D.R., Pettis, J.S. “Colony Collapse Disorder: A descriptive study.” PLoS ONE 4:8 (2009): e6481. Full text available here.

vanEngelsdorp, D., Hayes, J., Pettis, J. “Preliminary Results: A Survey of Honey Bee Colonies Losses in the U.S. Between September 2008 and April 2009.” May, 2009. Available here.

Watanabe, M.E. “Colony Collapse Disorder: Many Suspects, No Smoking Gun.” BioOne 58:5 (2008):384. Full text available here.

Newspaper Articles

Honeybee Colonies Are Collapsing, But Not All Hope Is Lost.” The Globe and Mail 10 Mar 2011.

Zimmer, Lori. “It’s Official – Cell Phones are Killing Bees.Inhabitat 21 May 2011. (This nonsense is still being perpetuated – this article is here for reference only.)


To Bee or Not To Bee. Dir. Mark Johnston. Galafilm Productions, 2010. Available at CBC.

Vanishing of the Bees. Dirs. George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. Hive Mentality Films, 2009.


A World Without Bees: From the authors of “A World Without Bees” (2010), a blog devoted to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Honey and Hive Products Return to the top

bee information

Reference MaterialsKirk, William. A Colour Guide to Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee. 2nd Edition. Cardiff: International Bee Research Association, 2006.Books: Current Events and Issues

Bishop, H. Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey, the Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World. New York, NY: Free Press, 2005.

Research Articles

Burke, L.M., Castell, L.M., Stear, S.J., Rogers, P.J., Bomstrand, E., Gurr, S., Mitchell, N., Stephens, F.B., and Greenhaff, P.L. “BJSM Reviews: A–Z of Nutritional Supplements: Dietary Supplements, Sports Nutrition Foods and Ergogenic Aids for Health and Performance, Part 4″. British Journal of Sports Medicine 43:14 (2009): 1088. (free extract)

Erem, C., Deger, O., Ovali, E., Barlak, Y. “The Effects of Royal Jelly on Autoimmunity in Graves’ Disease.” Endocrine 30:2 (2006): 175. (PubMed Abstract)

Lejaa, M., Mareczeka, A., Wyżgolika, G., Klepacz-Baniakb, J., Czekońskab, K. “Antioxidative Properties of Bee Pollen in Selected Plant Species.” Food Chemistry 100:1 (2007): 237.

Li, Y.J., X, H.Z., Shou, Q.Y., Zhan, Z.G., Lu, X., Hu, F.L. “Therapeutic Effects of Propolis Essential Oil on Anxiety of Restraint-Stressed Mice.” Human and Experimental Toxicology (2011). (PubMed Abstract)

Yamaguchi, M., Hamamoto, R., Uchiyama, S., Ishiyama, K., Hashimoto, K. “Preventive Effects of Bee Pollen Cistus ladaniferus Extract on Bone Loss in Streptozotocin-Diabetic Rats In Vivo.” Journal of Health Science 53:2 (2007): 190.

News Articles

Schneider, Andrew. “Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey:Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins.” Food Safety News 7 Nov. 2011 (available here).

Gardening, Farming and Pollination Return to the top
Books: Current Concerns and EventsMcGregor, S.E. Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. Originally published 1976. (link to this publication used to sit on this siteBooks: Classic Works bee information

Lovell, John H. Honey Plants of North America. Medina, OH: A.I. Root Company, 1926.

Pellett, Frank C. American Honey Plants. Hamilton, IL: Dadant & Sons, 1976.

Research Articles

Vaknin, Y., Gan-Mor, S., Bechar, A., Ronen, B. and Eisikowitch, D. “The role of electrostatic forces in pollination.” Plant Systematics and Evolution 222 (2000): 133.

Action Groups

California Biosafety Alliance: Alliance of individuals and organizations working together to advocate for a GMO free food supply, as a means of pushing for a shift from an industrial food model.

Partners for Sustainable Pollination: Pursues collaborative approaches between farmers, growers, beekeepers and scientists to develop ways to improve health of honey bees in pollination services and support native pollinators.

Information Web Sites

Vegetable Garden Basics

Allergies to Bees and Bee Products Return to the top
Research Articles bee informationRiches, Harry R. C. “Hypersensitivity to Bee Venom.” Bee World 63:1 (1982): 7.
Bees and Honey in China Return to the top

bee information

Reference MaterialsHealth Canada. Chloramphenicol in Honey.
Research ArticlesMa, Lun Jiao. “International Comparison of the Export Competitiveness of Chinese Honey.” Asian Agricultural Research1:7 (2009): 17.Williams, Paul, An, Jiandong, Huang, Jiaxing and Yao, Jian. “BBCI: A New Initiative To Document Chinese Bumble Bees for Pollination Research.” Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World 49:2 (2010): 221.
Newspaper ArticlesOberman, Mira. “US Cracks Down on Chinese Honey Smuggling Ring.” AFP1 Sep. 2010.Schneider, Andrew. Honey Laundering: A Sticky Trail of Intrigue and Crime.” Seattle PI 30 Dec. 2008.
Area-Specific Newsletters and Associations Return to the top

bee information

AustraliaNewsletter Archives(Australian Honey Bee Industry Council)Aussie Bee email update (Australian Native Bee Research Centre)

New South Wales

Illawarra Beekeepers’ Association Inc.


Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Association


Victoria Apiarists Association

The Beekeepers Club Inc.

CanadaBee Talk(Canadian Honey Council)New Brunswick

Central Beekeepers Alliance


The Ontario Bee Journal (Ontario Beekeepers Association)

Prince Edward Island

Bee Newsletters (Department of Agriculture)


Beelines (newsletter of the provincial government)

United KingdomBritish Beekeepers Association
United StatesAlaskabee informationSouthcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association

Floridabee information

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Georgiabee information

Georgia Bee Letter (University of Georgia)


The Bee Line (Maine State Beekeepers Association)


Bee Tidings (University of Nebraska & Nebraska Beekeepers Association). Currently ‘down for repair’.

North Carolina

Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter (Asheville, NC)

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