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John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]respite from imported bees during the war years, but after the war importation became possible again. Italians, Caucasians, the American Starline and Midnite hybrids, Buckfast hybrids and even Anatolians found enthusiasts for a time. In my experience in Yorkshire they were all found to be inferior to our local bees. Whilst some of the imports survived and produced honey in […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]and semi-desert then kept the two groups separate during intervening warm periods. Thus melliferaand cerana, although originating from a common stock, evolved into distinct species. The ultimate western boundary of the cerana territory was in Afghanistan some 600 km to the East of the nearest mellifera colonies in Iran. The cerana territory comprised the Indian Subcontinent south of the great […]
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A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]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. To make up the losses imports of foreign subspecies, which had started in 1859, were increased. Since then regular imports of Apis m. carnica, A.m. ligustica and other […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]natural selection down to the mid 19th century produced a variety of local strains of this bee adapted to the various environments of the country. The period from 1859 to the present day has seen the importation of bees of both A.m.m. and other subspecies from many parts of Europe, including the Netherlands, France, Italy, the Balkans and Cyprus, and […]
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Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]beekeepers expertise in queen breeding with the long term goal of bee improvement. Breed a locally adapted dark honey bee While we realise we are unlikely to be able to introduce a near native Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) in the short to medium term, we wish to breed local adapted dark bees of the best genetic stock and to make […]
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Section 1.2 – Aims, Imports & Bee Breeding

[…]is achieved, and the system relies on further imports to maintain quality, albeit, with no local adaptation. They represent a serious biosecurity risk through the possibility of introducing new pests and diseases, or variant strains of the ones already here. The damaging effect that these imports have on our local bee populations is also of concern, reversing any development of […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]the game. Joe Crebbin at much the same period, had a bee house beside his plant nurseries at The Braaid. The hives were kept in complete darkness except when he worked the colonies, when the shed door was left open. Herbie Quirk was a member of the Federation committee when he realised in the 1970s that varroa was invading Europe. […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]on his own beekeeping enterprise using local strains of native Irish honey bee. Eoghan currently manages over 150 colonies and rears native queens for his own use and that of local beekeepers. (Photographs by Edmond Kirwan and Jim Agnew) First published in An Beachaire (The Irish Beekeeper) The reader may groan and sigh, “not another queen-rearing method,” and I agree […]
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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. In […]