Honey bees which are the primary source of pollination for approximately one -fourth of all crops produced throughout the world and has taken over as pollinator of many of the wild plants that maintain the stability of ecosystems are subject to various diseases and parasites. Since the publication of the First Edition of this Book in 1997, investigation into the Pathology of honey bees has progressed considerably. Furthermore, several different agents of disease, some newly discovered, have been causing increasing concern in recent years in many parts of the world. Some new parasites like Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman and Nosema ceranae hitherto unknown has been discovered which has threatened the very existence of beekeeping industry and crop pollination across the globe. Nomenclature of some of the existing pathogens has been changed for example European foul brood causing bacteria Melisococcus pluton has been changed to Melisococcus plutonius. Some new viruses and bacteria have been discovered.
The book contains information on viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, mites, nematode and insect parasites, non-infectious diseases, and the treatment of diseases. The contents are a thorough revision of the previous edition and incorporate much new information, especially with respect to viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mites. Specific organisms, such as the mite Varroa destructor and the secondary diseases resulting from its presence, are considered in detail. In addition to the incorporation of latest advances in honeybee pathology, some new chapters have been added on pests, predators and enemies of honeybees so that the readers could get the complete information in the revised book.
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He is recipient of Young Scientist Award -1992 conferred by the Jammu & Kashmir State Council for Science & Technology, Pran Vohra Award - 1993- a prestigious Young Scientist Award conferred by Indian Science Congress Association Calcutta, Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishnan Award 1997-1998- a prestigious National Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Entomology, Dr. Rajinder Prasad Puruskar 1999-2000-a prestigious National Award from Indian Council of Agricultural Research New Delhi for his Hindi Book on beekeeping entitled "Madhumakhi Palan : Sidhant Evam Vidhian". Dr. Abrol is presently working in Division of Entomology Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu as Professor and engaged in teaching and research in Entomology which he has been doing over last 21 years.