I read Sue Hubbel's Book of Bees and learned a bit about bee behavior- I'll certainly need to reread if I ever get another colony. It's written in an autobiographical style, covering beekeeping over the course of a year, so captures most of the major points in starting and keeping bees, and processing honey. Ms. Hubbels methods are more geared toward commercial production, but she clearly has a naturalist's inclination.
Also read both the books on my list covering Biosphere 2. Â The Allen one was not impressive, but I enjoyed Poynter's book and have already posted on many of the things I gleaned from it.
I decided to read Manmade Closed Ecological Systems by Gittelson, Lisovsky, and MacElroy in lieu of Â Eckart'sÂ Spaceflight Life Support and Biospherics (which I have also ordered).Â Still reading, but so far very impressed with the depth of research covered onÂ CELSS. Â Have already learned of some new efforts to look into including the European MELISSA work.
The last one on my list isÂ Cowan'sÂ Microbiology book. Â I have not even procured it yet, but am excited about it. Everytime I have run into a design problem and asked myself how nature does it, I've come up with great ways to solve the problem. I'll have much more to say about biomimicry in a future post.