Honey bee genotypes and the environment

publication date: May 30, 2014
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 53 (2) pp. 183-187
May 2014
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Honey bee genotypes and the environment


Marina D Meixner, Ralph Büchler, Cecilia Costa, Roy M Francis, Fani Hatjina, Per Kryger, Aleksandar Uzunov and Norman L Carreck


Although knowledge about honey bee geographic and genetic diversity has increased tremendously in recent decades, the adaptation of honey bees to their local environment has not been well studied. The current demand for high economic performance of bee colonies with desirable behavioural characteristics contributes to changing the natural diversity via mass importations and an increasing practice of queen trade and colony movement. At the same time, there is also a growing movement in opposition to this trend, aimed at conserving the natural heritage of local populations, with on-going projects in several countries.


COLOSS, Genotype Environment Interactions experiment, Apis mellifera

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