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From where I sit : essays on bees, beekeeping, and science
Winston, Mark L.
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Ithaca : Comstock Pub. Associates, 1998.
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x, 171 pages ; 22 cm
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A scientist before he was a beekeeper, Mark L. Winston found in his new hobby a paradigm for understanding the role science should play in society. In essays originally appearing as columns in Bee Culture, the leading professional journal, Winston uses beekeeping as a starting point to discuss broader issues, such as how agriculture functions under increasingly complex social and environmental restraints, how scientists grapple with issues of accountability, and how people struggle to maintain contact with the natural world. Winston's reflections on bees, beekeeping, and science cover a period of tumultuous change in North America, a time when new parasites, reduced research funding, and changing economic conditions have disrupted the livelihoods of bee farmers."Managed honeybees in the city provide a major public service by pollinating gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes, and should be encouraged rather than legislated out of existence. Our cities, groomed and cosmopolitan as they appear, still obey the basic rules of nature, and our gardens and yards are no exception. Homegrown squashes, apple trees, raspberries, peas, beans, and other garden crops require bees to move the pollen from one flower to another, no matter how urbanized or sophisticated the neighborhood."

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Winston is an accomplished researcher in various aspects of honeybee biology as well as practical applications to beekeeping. He has written two excellent books on this subject, The Biology of the Honey Bee (CH, Jan'88), and Killer Bees: The Africanized Honey Bee in the Americas (CH, Oct'92). This collection of essays originated as regular columns in Bee Culture, a monthly magazine primarily serving beekeepers. The essays cover a broad range of topics from bee diseases, semiochemicals (produced by insects), adulterated honey, genetic engineering, and pesticide resistance, to governmental regulations and international problems of the beekeeping industry. He also presents controversial but stimulating views on the peer review process for research proposals and scientific papers, the role of basic versus applied research, and accountability of university and government scientists to society. This well-written book will interest beekeepers and anyone interested in the role of honey bees in agriculture today. General readers; faculty and researchers; professionals. R. E. Lee Jr.; Miami University