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Pollination Biology

Biodiversity Conservation and Agricultural Production


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Dharam P. Abrol
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About this book


This book discusses the interplay between pollinators, agriculture, and the environment. The book is an unique blend of pure and applied science placed in the broader human social context.  It deals with basic and applied aspects of pollination biology. The chapters on pollination energetics, climate change, pollinator decline, biochemical basis of plant-pollination interaction, pollinators as bioindicators of ecosystem functioning, consequences of introduced honeybees upon native bee communities and  capacity building are innovative and provide a base for future insights into pollination biology. The  book will be useful to pollination biologists, students, teachers, scientists of agriculture, animal behaviour, botany, conservation, biology, ecology, entomology, environmental biology, forestry, genetics, plant breeding, horticulture, toxicology, zoology, seed growers and seed agencies.

The author is a well known bee scientist, honoured with several national and international awards. He has published over 200 original research papers, authored 10 books  and visited Switzerland, Poland, South Korea  and several other countries  as special invitee.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Faculty of AgricultureSher-e-Kashmir University of AgriculturaJammuIndia

About the authors

Dr D P Abrol is a very energetic and dedicated scientist. He did his Ph. D from Haryana Agricultural University Hisar in 1986. After serving this university for some time he joined Division of Entomology Sher-e -Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Srinagar, India where he served in various capacities as Assistant and then as Associate Professor. Dr Abrol has vast experience and expertise on honeybee management, pollination biology, bee ecology, toxicology, economic entomology and pest management. His research findings have been widely appreciated. His research work has been referred /cited in national and international journals and books. He has chaired several national and international symposia/conferences and delivered lead/guest lectures. He is a member of several scientific societies in India and abroad. He has authored 10 books and published over 200 original research papers, 10 reviews, 10 book chapters and over 64 popular articles on honeybee diseases pollination biology, toxicology and integrated pest management. He is referee of the various national and international Journals and expert in various selection/screening and evaluation committees of scientific bodies /institutions of the country. He has completed several externally funded research projects and has collaborative research projects with international organizations in Poland and Switzerland. He has visited  South Korea and several other countries as special invitee to these countries.

Besides receiving letters of appreciation from different organizations, he is recipient of Young Scientist Award - 1992 conferred by the Jammu and Kashmir State Council for Science and Technology -a prestigious State Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Agricultural Sciences. Besides, he is also recipient of Pran Vohra Award- 1993 - a prestigious Young Scientist Award conferred by Indian Science Congress Association Calcutta for his outstanding and innovative research in the field of agricultural sciences. He was also conferred Prof. T. N. Ananthakrishnan Award 1997-1998- a prestigious National Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Entomology by T N Ananthakrisnan Foundation, G .S Gill Research Institute Chennai.Dr. Abrol also won 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 “Madhmakhi 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 Head and engaged in teaching and research in Entomology which he has been doing over last 25 years.

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From the reviews:

“Abrol … covers the topic encyclopedically and exhaustively, and the book’s timing is important due to the increasing number of observations of declines in pollinator populations (mostly bees) locally and globally. … The author … takes a global view of these problems and provides a multitude of examples and solutions from both the developed and developing world. The book is quite current, broad and balanced in its coverage, and extensively referenced. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (W. Loescher, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), July, 2012)