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Biological Beekeeping: The Way Back

Dee Lusby

ISBN 10: 1614761043 / ISBN 13: 9781614761044
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Title: Biological Beekeeping: The Way Back


Publication Date: 2018

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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This book is about how to move from conventional beekeeping methods to a system of natural beekeeping.  The content of this book has been available for many years now on  It is offered here in the form of a book.  These are Dee Lusby’s methods unedited, in her own words.  It is organized into several sections.  The first is Dee & Ed’s method of getting from mainstream beekeeping methods, back to biological methods.  The appendices are sorted into research and articles in which Dee and Ed are credited, articles about Dee and Ed, a section of historic documents on cell size and the origins of the idea of enlarging the bees, and a section on other supporting documents on Varroa and treatments and anything that didn’t fit in one of the other sections.

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Ed and Dee are commercial beekeepers in AZ. Dee and Ed work side by side in all phases of their operation. In addition to the conventional activities of beekeeping, they mill their own woodenware and wax foundation, select and maintain a stock of slightly smaller bees highly adapted to their area, and produce their own queens. Their non-chemical 'back to basics' approach to beekeeping leads them to spend much of their spare time in libraries where they search for obscure bits of information which, when assem-bled in logical order, yield insights into old problems such as bee kills due to the use of pesticides, and new problems like parasitic mites. Such has been their pursuit of an understand-ing of the importance of comb cell diameter The Lusbys found that comb cell diameter differs among the various sources of foundation manufactured in the United States and around the world. Following publication of this discovery in 1990, they undertook to resolve the question of natural cell diameter and its impact on colony vigor. Having identified, optimal cell diameter for their geographic area (Southern Arizona), they have nearly completed converting their operation to a 'natural system' incorporating smaller cells. They have widely reported to beekeepers that their use of optimal natural cell diameter has significantly reduced disease and mite infestation in their colonies while simultaneously increasing brood viability and colony productivity. Convinced, a number of beekeepers have embraced the Lusby's manage-ment strategies.- American Bee Journal Note: Ed died Wed, 25th of October 2006

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