IIS vs natural mating

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Bee World Vol.66 (2) 1985 pp. 45
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IIS vs natural mating


Dr Margaret Adey


Instrumental insemination of queen honeybees gives bee breeders control over which drones mate with a queen. But such an advantage is diminished by the possibility that instrumentally inseminated (IIS) queens may perform less well than their naturally mated sisters. This possibility has been demonstrated recently in collaborative research between laboratories in the USA and Canada, published in No. 1 1984 Journal of Apicultural Research.

Keywords Instrumental insemination, bee mating, natural mating, honeybees
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