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Laesoe 2004

[…]later when no yellow drones are about. Experiments showed that introducing dark Danish queens into Carniolan and Italian colonies is difficult. Workers of these two latter races often build queencells even when an introduced A. m. mellifera queen is laying, and will remove her eggs from the cells. Nils Drivdal from Norway sketched out his view of the long-term history […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]are the native British or Dark European, the Italian, the Carniolan and the Caucasian. Current scientific opinion (see Ruttner, 1988) is that the Western honeybee probably originated and developed as a successful species (Apis mellifera) in the central part of North Africa. It then spread from this area in three directions: southward, to colonise Africa as far as the Cape, […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]climate is the Carniolan, but the total replacement of the whole of our honey bee population by Carniolan bees cannot easily be envisaged. The piecemeal importation of Carniolan bees could only perpetuate and make even worse the present unsatisfactory situation. Far better to stop importing all foreign bees and concentrate on a general improvement of our honey bee stocks by […]
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Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group – TR1

[…]inspiration was Alois Wallner who had attained a “Varroa Kill Factor” in the high 90%s in his Carniolan bees even before varroa arrived in the UK. We have found the Cornish bee, with high A.m.m. genetic content, to be the best at the job and encourage our members to breed from the dark bee and examine them for damage to […]
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Mike Saunders “A current attempt to recover Apis mellifera mellifera from mongrelised stocks in the Welsh Borders”

[…]experienced beekeepers for 2 years trying to improve bees by small-scale rearing of first-cross Carniolan queens. In 2009 switched to using “nearish-native” native bees, and since then has been studying the native bee and the science of bee breeding. In 2010 started a local Group using selective breeding of the “nearish-native” local bees as the ways and means to the […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

[…]been found to be 70-99% pure AMM (you do need to be able to tell the difference between AMM and Carniolan queens though). Propagating queens You can start to introduce more propagation methods too – different methods of transferring larvae, different set ups of starting queen cells and different mating hives. The Key choices are: 1) What queens will you […]
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BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]Turkish and Greek bees, with traces of two rare African bees. u There is little influence from Carniolan which surprised me as I see them talked about on forums a lot, but maybe they are more popular in other parts of the UK. 8 BIM 49 – Spr ing 2017 Fig. 3. Wings from one colony and cubital index. Fig. […]

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

[…]Day at Cornbrook Bee Farm – Sandra Unwin Lancashire Queen Rearing Workshop – Ray Dowson The Carniolan Bee – Brian Milward Inbreeding in the Honeybee – Dorian Pritchard Galtee Bee Breeders’ Group Queen Rearing Workshop – Claire Chavasse Obituary: Claire Chavasse – Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Gormanston and BIBBA – Terry Clare BIBBA General Meeting, Gormanston – John Hendrie The […]

Conserving black bees

[…]Black Bees have long, largely been replaced by imports of Italian, Buckfast and more recently Carniolan bees, and by the invasion of Africanised hybrids. However, four hundred years later, the genetic sig­nature of those early imports is still well embedded in the stocks of wild (unmanaged) colonies living in the Scottish Native Honey Bee Society gathering for an inspection U.S. […]

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]thorax. An Italian (Ligurian) influence would be lighter coloured, orangey bands on the abdomen. Carniolan (carnica) influence would give the impression of white or grey hairs. They can be dark bodied but often have a brown and very stripy abdomen, wide stripes, not narrow. Summary is average of last 3 assessments. Temperament 1-5 (Aggressive to docile) Assess at each visit. […]
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NatBIP News No4

[…]concern about beekeeping’s over-reliance, worldwide, on two sub-species, the Italian and the Carniolan. Beekeepers have tended to forget about the other numerous sub-species that have evolved over millennia to suit differing conditions. This genetic diversity within our bees allows us to select for the qualities that we wish to see in our bees. The article in BBKA News claims to […]