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Beekeeping in the Mediterranean -
from antiquity to the present

Dr Fani Hatjina - Georgios Mavrofridis - Richard Jones, 2018

More than 250 individuals simultane­ously watched the first International Beekeeping Symposium on Cyclades by eight Cycladic islands the ex­cellent presentations by 30 renowned experts from Greece and abroad. “Beekeeping in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the present” was completed by a collaboration between the Cyclades Chamber, the Eva Crane Trust and the Greek Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”.

Important findings, historical and archaeolog­ical, presented by Israel, Turkey, Egypt, the Cy­clades and the Mediterranean in general, cov­ering 4.000 years of beekeeping practice through the centuries and new findings in rela­tion to the local bee races. Topical issues, con­cerns and practices were also presented in an attempt at broad coverage of all major issues facing modern beekeepers.

As a result of this successful collaboration a book has been produced and the 15 chapters are freely available to read and download below. We feel that this a tribute to the great EVA CRANE, who has inspired the symposium and the book!

We wish to thank the EVA CRANE TRUST and especially Mr. Richard Jones for his generous con­tribution to the organization of the Symposium and the editing of this book. We also wish to thank all authors for their valuable input, as well as the various other funding bodies which have made this publication possible.

Dr Fani Hatjina,,
Apiculture Division
Institute of Animal Science
Hellenic Agriculture Org. "DEMETER

The pdf of the book can be downloaded here..    
For more > Articles:  

Jones, R. (2018). Preface. In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 14 – 17pp

Harissis, H. V. (2018). Beekeeping in Prehistoric Greece. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 18 – 39pp

Mazar, A. (2018). The Iron Age Apiary at Tel Rehov, Israel. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 40 – 49pp

Kritsky, G. (2018). The Quest for the Perfect Hive: Ancient Mediterranean Origins. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 50 – 55pp

Deliyannis, M; Tsatsarou, E; Tsapi, G; Gousiaris, A (2018). Kings and Queens of the Bees in the Literary and the Scientific Tradition. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 50 – 68pp

Kalogirou, K; Papachristoforou, A (2018). The Construction of Two Copies of Ancient Greek Clay Beehives and the Control of their Colonies’ Homeostasis. In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 69 – 78pp

Giannas, C. (2018). Beekeeping Practices in Agathonisi During Antiquity.. In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 79 – 84pp

Kandemir, I. (2018). Beekeeping in Turkey: Past to Present . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 85 – 92pp

Germanidou, S. (2018). Honey Culture in Byzantium an Outline of /Textual, Iconographic and Archaeological Evidence.. In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 93 – 104pp

Anagnostakis, I. (2018). Wild and Domestic Honey in Middle Byzantine Hagiography: Some Issues Relating to its Production, Collection and Consumption. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 105 – 118pp

Pallis, G. (2018). Beekeeping in Attica During the Ottoman Period (1456 – 1821): A Monastic Affair.. In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 119 – 125pp

Mavrofridis, G. (2018). Stone Beehives on the Islands of the Eastern Mediterranean.. Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 126 – 135pp

Sagkinetos, D. (2018). Stefanos G. Della Rocca, The Father of Beekeeping. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 136 – 137pp

Bouga, M. (2018). A Brief Review on the Detection of Local Honey Bee Populations in Greece Based on Genetic Structure Studies. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 138 – 142pp

Hatjina, F. (2018). Importance of Adaptation of Bee Populations on Their Local Environment – The European Initiative and its Results in the Greek Territory – The Greek Initiative for the Conservation and Breeding of the Local Populations. . In Hatjina, F; Mavrofridis, G; Jones, R. (Eds) Beekeeping in the Mediterranean - From Antiquity to the present. Nea Moudania, 143 – 150pp

 

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The research profile of the Division of Apiculture- H.A.O. 'DEMETER'

The Division of Apiculture is one of research units belonging to the new founded Hellenic Agricultural Organization ‘Demeter’, after the union of NAGREF with other governmental agencies. The whole responsibility is under the auspices of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food. It was founded by a decision of Presidential Decree 402/88. The building facilities were completed in 1994 and operates in its present form since July 1, 2000.

The Division has been established in Chalkidiki region, as this is the area with the most professional beekeepers in Greece as well as the area with the greatest honey production (almost 60% of total production in the country). Nevertheless it has a jurisdiction across the country.

Its mission has been the basic and applied research that touches topics such as: Biology and Physiology of all species of bees, quality control of hive products and the queens produced, development of new technologies in beekeeping, bee flora conservation, enhancement of the role of bees in the environment, fight diseases with new environmental and biotechnological products, breeding and improvement of genetic material, evaluation of honey bee queen quality, the application of molecular biology and genetics in the above areas of apiculture and finally the effects of pollutants on honey bee biology and physiology.

The aim of the Institute is to produce of knowledge in the above subjects, to offer information and scientific support to the beekeeping world of our country and to find solutions that respect the honeybee and its products.

Cylinder hives inCyprus&Malta(a,bPhotos:Gillies,Ratia France )
Santorini&Tinos islands(c,d,e Photos: Fani Hatjina)
Stone hives in Greece(f, Photo:Thanasis Bikos)