The Overview of Honey Bee Diversity and Health Status in Asia

  • Panuwan Chantawannakul
  • Samuel Ramsey


 Traditional honey bee hunting and beekeeping are vital to the economic and spiritual lives of Asians. Bee products are known as not only food/food supplement but also traditional medicine for aiming to promote good health, especially in eastern regions. Honey bees also play crucial roles in pollination. Asia is regarded as the homeland of honey bees as it hosts at least nine honey bee species. The European honey bee was introduced from Europe, North America, and Oceania to Russia, Japan, India and other countries in Asia. The growth of global human population size, globalized trade economic wealth, and technological developments in transportation efficacy has promoted the transmission of bee diseases, parasites and pests. A great concern over honeybee population decline has accelerated research in bee diseases, parasites, and pests. This chapter provides an up-to-date information on bee diseases, parasites, and pests in Asia.


Asian honey bee Thai bee Apis dorsata Thai honey Apis cerana 



PC would like to acknowledge Thailand research fund ((RSA6080028) and Chiang Mai University fund. SR would like to acknowledge funding provided by the vanEngelsdorp lab at the University of Maryland and the encouragement/support of Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panuwan Chantawannakul
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Samuel Ramsey
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  2. 2.International College of Digital Innovation, Chiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  3. 3.Environmental Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  4. 4.Department of EntomologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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