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Errors in Varroa update
on 6 June 2014
This is an admirable book in many ways. There is a wealth of information for bee-ginners like me and more experienced beekeepers, at a greater level of detail than in some other books I have read. I found the sections on bee anatomy and behaviour particularly interesting. Some other sections, such as that on queen rearing, went rather over my head, but I expect to come back to those later.
BUT, I was very disappointed to find that although I bought the 5th edition (2010), which is trumpeted as an “updated edition” it is very far from being up-to-date.
Yes, there is a new chapter 9 on Pests and Diseases (but why is this in a different typeface from the rest of the book?), but the publisher has not ensured that incorrect information in the earlier part of the book is amended. In chapter 5 I read “anyone who finds a varroa mite must report this to the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food because varroosis a notifiable disease”. In fact, varroosis ceased to be notifiable in 2006. MAFF was abolished in 2002.
It is to be expected that a book first published in 1976 might seem dated in style, but for a book described as an updated edition to contain such serious flaws is, in my opinion, not good enough. I was left wondering if I was being seriously misled in other ways too.