Pot-Honey Book SOLD OUT!
February 04, 2013
STRI Staff scientist Dave Roubik's 718-page book, published on January 16 has already sold out on Amazon.com. Pot-Honey
STRI Staff scientist Dave Roubik's 718-page book, published on January 16 has already sold out on Amazon.com. Pot-Honey: A Legacy of Stingless Bees, edited with Patricia Vit, from the University of the Andes in Venezuela and Silvia M. Pedro, at Brazil's University of Sao Paulo, celebrates the bees who invented honey and the career of Brazilian bee biologist João Camargo (1941-2009). Evolving more than 100 million years ago, stingless honey-making bees populate the tropics worldwide and even some more temperate areas in Australia, Africa and America.
Unlike the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, which makes its honey in combs, bees in the tribe Meliponini store honey in “honey pots.” As they pollinate flowers and ensure the reproduction of tropical forests worldwide, the pollen, resin and nectar stingless bees gather imbues their honey with special qualities. Pot-honey is not only more diverse, flavorful and chemically interesting than honey made by Apis honey bees, it can have antibiotic and even psychoactive properties.
In Mexico, stingless bees gave rise to two millennia of Mayan beekeeping and a legacy of stories and artwork. The survival of stingless bees and the cultural practices associated with their honey now depend upon the conservation of their tropical forest habitat.
“I came into the project with some trepidation, because few of the authors of this 40-chapter volume were native English speakers. But I lost my worries and went ahead to find my joy,” said Roubik of this, his 9th book about bees, plants and cultures in the tropics.