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Main Title The Buzz about Bees Biology of a Superorganism / [electronic resource] :
Author Tautz, Jürgen.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2008
Call Number GE1-350
ISBN 9783540787297
Subjects Science (General). ; Agriculture. ; Animal behavior. ; Animal ecology. ; Evolution (Biology). ; Zoology. ; Life sciences.
Internet Access
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Collation XIV, 284 p. online resource.
Notes Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes Prolog: The Bee Colony - a Mammal in Many Bodies -- Man's Smallest Domestic Animal - a Picture Guide -- The Inevitable Honeybees -- Propagated Immortality -- Honeybees - a Model for Success -- What Bees Know About Flowers -- Honeybee Sex, and Virgin Brides -- Royal Jelly - Designer Diet in Bee Colonies -- The Largest Organ of the Bee Colony - Construction and Function of the Comb -- Cultivated Intelligence -- Is Honey Thicker than Blood: How Important Is the Family? -- The Circle Closes -- Epilog: The Future for Bees and Mankind. "Whereas bee colonies were once seen as perfect societies of selfless workers and drones ruled by a queen, Tautz presents them as a self-organized, complex adaptive system that he considers "a mammal in many bodies". This comprehensive introduction to honeybee biology (originally published as Phänomen Honigbiene) explores such topics as how bees obtain and communicate information about flowers, "whole-animal gametes", and the comb's contributions to the sociophysiology of the colony. The author has been honored for making research accessible to the public, and his lucid text will reward lay readers, apiarists, students, and professional biologists alike. The book is profusely illustrated with Heilmann's spectacular photos, which capture the full range of bee activities-including some, such as the living chains formed where combs are being built or repaired, whose function remains unknown." (SCIENCE, Vol. 322, 19 December 2008) "With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honeybees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his own research group, Jürgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees. In contrast to the view of bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by a queen, Tautz introduces them as a "superorganism", a self organizing and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution - a mammal in several bodies. The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen's court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances."
Place Published Berlin, Heidelberg
Corporate Au Added Ent SpringerLink (Online service)
Host Item Entry Springer eBooks
PUB Date Free Form 2008
BIB Level m
Medium computer
Content text
Carrier online resource
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
OCLC Time Stamp 20141209181159
Language eng
OCLC Rec Leader 04212nam a22005415i 45