The list of 68 contributors reads like a veritable Who's Who of international honeybee specialists. Although the authors discuss CCD in various contexts, the volume is much broader in scope and presents up-to-date information on the role of viruses, microbes, fungi, parasitic mites, other hive parasites, and various pesticides in hive health. The authors also consider interactions between various risk factors as the possible cause of current honeybee decline. This book will be of interest to beekeepers and bee researchers, but it holds little to attract the attention of a general reader. Institutions with active apiculture programs will own this volume; other libraries will find it difficult to justify the expense. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.
—P. K. Lago, University of Mississippi, in CHOICE, May 2012
"Honey Bee Colony Health is a welcome addition to the treatment of honey bees as social organisms and their role in the wider field of pollination biology. It supplements and complements information found in two other recent ground breaking contributions: The Buzz about Bees by Jiirgen Tautz and Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. There seems little question that all these volumes represent a rich resource for the future study of honey bees by beekeepers and researchers alike."
—M. T. Sanford, Apis Enterprises, in Florida Entomologist, (95)1, March 2012
"….In a nutshell, [Honey Bee Colony Health] edited by two respected scientists, contains a series of chapters written by 68 scientists whose topics are largely within their field of speciality. Whilst many of the scientists who contribute to this work are from the US, others are from Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Slovenia, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, Turkey and the Netherlands - showing that to tackle the enormous problem international collaboration is essential. …
….Anyone wishing to be extremely knowledgeable about what is happening to bees and about the huge amount of research which is being carried out at an international level, will find this book invaluable. They will learn, too, that there are many areas of promising investigation which cannot be continued because of lack of funds which must be very frustrating for the scientists. …
….I am not going to say that this book should be on every beekeeper's book shelf; that is the wrong place for it. It should be much nearer at hand and thoroughly studied. With beekeepers commonly accepting 30% losses, they need to know what is going on and what is being done to help them and their bees."
—John Phipps, The Beekeepers Quarterly, Number 107, March 2012, pp. 51-52
About the Author
Diana Sammataro, co-author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, began keeping bees in 1972 in Litchfield, Connecticut, setting up a package colony in her maternal grandfather’s old bee hive equipment. From then on, she decided that her B.S. in Landscape Architecture (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), would not be a career, but that honey bees would. After a year of independent studies on floral pollination (Michigan State University Bee Lab, East Lansing), she earned an M.S. in Urban Forestry (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). In 1978 she joined the Peace Corps and taught beekeeping in the Philippines for 3 years. On returning, she worked at the USDA Bee Lab in Madison, Wisconsin, under Dr. Eric Erickson, studying the effects of plant breeding and flower attraction of bees in sunflower lines. When the lab closed, she eventually went to work at the A.I. Root Company as Bee Supply Sales Manager in Medina, Ohio.
In 1991, she was accepted at the Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Lab at The Ohio State University, Columbus, to study for a Ph.D. under Drs. Brian Smith and Glen Needham. In 1995, she worked as a post-doctoral assistant at the Ohio State University Agricultural Research Center in Wooster, Ohio, with Dr. James Tew and in 1998 at the Penn State University Bee lab. Early in 2002, she was invited to join the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona. Her current position is as a Research Entomologist and her work includes research on bee nutrition problems, how they influence Varroa, and current pollination problems.
Jay Yoder teaches courses in microbiology/immunology and general biology as professor of Biology at Wittenberg University.His research focuses on disease transmission by insects, ticks and mites of medical-veterinary importance, and biological control emphasizing pheromone-assisted techniques, entomopathogenic fungi, and water balance. This research has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals with undergraduate students as co-authors. In addition, numerous of these undergraduate students have won research awards at regional and national scientific conferences. Jay holds a B.A. from the University of Evansville (Biology, Chemistry, French), a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (Entomology; laboratory of Dr. David Denlinger) and conducted Post-doctoral work at Harvard University (laboratory of Dr. Andrew Spielman).