Genetic structure of honeybee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera:Apidae) populations of Turkey inferred from microsatellite analysis

publication date: Mar 31, 2007
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 46 (1) pp. 50 - 56
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Date
March 2007
 
Article Title
 
Genetic structure of honeybee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera:Apidae) populations of Turkey inferred from microsatellite analysis
Author(s)
Cagri Bodur, Meral Kence and Aykut Kence
Abstract
We analyzed the genetic structure of 11 honeybee (Apis mellifera L) populations from Turkey and one from Cyprus using 9 microsatellite marker loci. Heterozygosity levels, mean number of alleles per population, number of diagnostic alleles, and pairwise FST values were computed for the populations studied. Heterozygosity levels were found to range between 0.54 and 0.68.We detected high levels of genetic divergence among the populations based on pairwise FST values; 50 of 66 pairwise FST values were significant. The presence of a large number of rare alleles and highly differentiated populations of honeybees are consistent with Anatolia's role as a genetic center for Middle Eastern honeybees.We suggest that certain precautions should be taken to limit introduction of foreign subspecies to preserve native genetic resources.
Keywords
Apis mellifera, honeybee, Turkey, microsatellites, genetic diversity, population structure
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