Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
<p>Honeybees pollinate billions of US dollars worth of commercial agricultural crops around the world every year. They are important pollinators for economically important wild plant populations as well.</p> <p>Honeybee hives provide honey and wax, and pollen, propolis, and royal jelly that are sold for medicines and cosmetics.</p> <p>Honeybees are important study organisms for research in the connections between nervous system structure and behavior.</p> <p>Some research suggests honeybee venom may have medically useful applications in the treatment of auto-immune disease or inflammation.<span> (Adjare, 1990; Kang, Pak, and Choi, 2002; Sammataro and Avitabile, 1998)</span></p> <p><strong>Positive Impacts: </strong>food; source of medicine or drug; research and education; pollinates crops</p>
- Kang, S., C. Pak, H. Choi. 2002. The effect of whole bee venom on arthritis. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 30/1: 73-80.
- Sammataro, D., A. Avitabile. 1998. The Beekeeper's Handbook, 3rd edition. Ithaca, New York, USA: Comstock Publishing Associates.