The release of ARS Russian honey bees

Citation
Te. Rinderer et al., The release of ARS Russian honey bees, AM BEE J, 140(4), 2000, pp. 305-307
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Entomology/Pest Control
Journal title
AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0002-7626 → ACNP
Volume
140
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
305 - 307
Database
ISI
SICI code
0002-7626(200004)140:4<305:TROARH>2.0.ZU;2-2
Abstract
For most of this decade, the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology L aboratory of the USDA, Agricultural Research Service has been studying hone y bees from Primorsky Territory, on the Pacific coast of Russia. We are int erested in honey bees in that area since settlers from European Russia star ted bringing Apis mellifera, the western honey bee, to the area in the mid 1800's (E. Crane, Bee World, 59:164-167, 1978), The area is within the natu ral range of Apis cerana, the eastern hive bee and its external mite parasi te, Varroa jacobsoni Since this is one of the longest known associations of the western honey bee and V jacobsoni we speculated that natural selection operating on the honey bee populations in the area had one of the best cha nces to produce resistance to V jacobsoni.