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Genetic Identification and Introgression Analysis

This system describes an essential tool in Europe for genetic stock identification and estimation of admixture levels which can assist management strategies and monitor honey bee conservation programs. View pdf ...

Methods for Rearing and Selection of Queens

This publication from the COLOSS beebook covers a wide range of methods currently in use and recommended in modern queen rearing, selection and breeding ...

Local bees better than imports

locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. Honey bee genotypes and the environment In recent years, much attention has been focused on the global problem of honey bee colony losses. Among the many explanations for these losses, variability in the genetic makeup and vitality of honey bee populations (more…) ...

A Native Dark Bee Project

Margie Ramsay reports on a project reintroducing A.m.m. to a reserve in Scotland. Update July 2015 In 1905, just before the First World War there was a 20 year long bee plague called Isle of Wight disease which was considered by many, including bee breeder Brother Adam, to have eradicated the native subspecies of dark European honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera from our Isles. (more…) ...
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John Harding Queen Rearing

The main purpose of this systemis its versatility and to have an additional use so you always double its value in purpose, and it's not lying around for the best part of the year unused. Given the choice honeybees prefer vertical narrow empty spaces with unlimited depth, and just enough space to build 5 or6 combs side by side.. ...

Controlled Mating and Hygienic Behaviour

we compared the levels of hygiene in colonies headed by daughter queens reared from hygienic mother colonies that were either instrumentally inseminated with sperm from drones reared from hygienic colonies or allowed to mate naturally with naturally-occurring drones ...
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Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

Finding queens in Spring, and marking and clipping them whenever necessary, has become an integral part of my seasonal beekeeping programme. Advice from Micheál Mac Giolla Coda ...
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Steve Rose Queen Rearing

This is a method of persuading non-prolific and non-swarmy bees to raise queen cells on a regular basis through the season ...
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Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

Honey bees are under constant pressure from a whole host of stresses—diseases, poor nutrition,sublethal effects of pesticides, and many others. While researchers have been aware for a number of years of a community of bacteria in adult bees that may aid with some of these stresses,Agricultural Research Service researchers have identified the first bacteria that offer a benefit to bee larvae. (more…) ...
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SMARTBEES project

The SMARTBEES project is focused on identification, breeding and propagation of locally adapted honey bees with high performance and resistance traits to Varroa destructor ...
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Native Honey Bees

The Dark European Honey Bee - Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) It is fairly certain that the Dark European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, has been native to mainland Britain (more…) ...

Male Fitness of Honeybee Colonies

We found clear evidence for an extensive diversity in male mating success at the colony level. Some colonies had significantly more matings (about an order of magnitude) than other drone producing colonies in the same year ...

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

What are honey bees, anyway? Bees of all kinds belong to the order of insects known as Hymenoptera, literally "membrane wings". This order, comprising some 100,000 species, ...

Honey bee conservation

In order to compensate the dramatic losses of honeybee colonies that we see globally for many years now, beekeepers try to restore their apiaries by importing colonies or queens in the hopes that those survive better than their previous bees. Such imports increase the level of introgression with local honeybee populations in which genetic variability is geographically highly structured. (more…) ...

John Dew’s Views-the Best Bee

Why The Native Bee Is The Best Bee For The British Climate There is a tendency amongst some beekeepers to believe that the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence", that imported bees are superior to the indigenous bee. In the pre-war years of the 20th century many kinds of imported bees were tried, but the Italian bee found most favour. There was a welcome respite from imported bees during the war years, but (more…) ...
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Queen Rearing Timetable

This Microsoft XL file was written by Angus Stokes and Albert Knight and provides an interactive way to prepare timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box. With a bit of tweaking it can be used for other methods of cell raising. (more…) ...
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Colonsay a honey bee haven

TWO remote Hebridean islands have become the UK’s first reserve for native honey bees after a landmark ruling by Scottish ministers. (more…) ...

Genetic Origin & Survival

The influence of genetic origin and its interaction with environmental effects on the survival of Apis mellifera L. colonies in Europe ...