Men have been exploiting the products of the hive in a recurrent manner since the beginning of the Neolithic period. Producing the nectar of the gods, the bee is endowed with positive symbolic energy throughout the West. And it occupies an essential place in ecosystems. Through its irreplaceable foraging, it pollinates and allows the reproduction of a large number of flowering plants, ensuring the bulk of the planet’s food production.
Today, however, the hive is under enormous threat. Victims of diseases, parasites, predators, global change… populations are decimated. There are many causes, but environmental upheavals, with the development of intensive agriculture and the massive use of pesticides, are the main culprits. We fear more than ever the possible disappearance of bees.
This collective work, written by researchers from the CNRS and INRA as well as academics, reveals the fascinating world of bees – what they have, what they are and what they do -, deciphers the links they have with nature and humanity, the dangers that await them and threaten us, and discusses the scientific solutions for dealing with them.
A collective work under the direction of Martine Regert.
With David Biron, Jean-Marc Bonmatin, Dorothée Dussy, Lionel Garnery, Martin Giurfa, Delphine Jullien, Arnaud Zucker.