Content tagged "bee breeding"

Can a honey bee be born without the aid of a drone?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Yes and no. A drone's (male bee) purpose is to mate with a queen (female reproductive bee). All other colony activities are performed by worker bees...

How are queen bees raised and mated?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

There are many methods of raising queen bees, but the central tenant of queen production is that a fertilized egg may be reared into a queen or worker...

The drone has no father but has a grandfather. How is that?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

The queen and workers are female bees with a diploid set of chromosomes. The drones are male with a haploid set of chromosomes. To get a worker, the queen...

Varroa Sensitive Hygiene and Mite Reproduction

Bee Health Updated: December 13, 2013

The USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab has bred bees that hygienically remove mite-infested pupae from capped worker brood. This ability is called varroa sensitive...

Field Dissection of the Honey Bee Queen Spermatheca

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

 Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens    These pages are brought to you by Susan Cobey at www.honeybee.breeding.comFor classes in instrumental...

Eversion of the Honey Bee Drone Endophallus for Insemination

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

 Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens    These pages are brought to you by Susan Cobey at www.honeybee.breeding.comFor classes in instrumental...

Semen Collection for Artificial Insemination in Honey Bees

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

 Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens    These pages are brought to you by Susan Cobey at www.honeybee.breeding.comFor classes in instrumental...

Insemination of the Honey Bee Queen

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

 Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens    These pages are brought to you by Susan Cobey at www.honeybee.breeding.comFor classes in instrumental...

Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

 Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens    These pages are brought to you by Susan Cobey at www.honeybee.breeding.comFor classes in instrumental...

Saline Recipe for Queen Insemination

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

 Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens    These pages are brought to you by Susan Cobey at www.honeybee.breeding.comFor classes in instrumental...

The Managed Pollinator CAP after Three Years: Highlights and Emerging Trends

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

CAP Updates: 23Last August the leaders of the Managed Pollinator CAP http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu/ submitted a 96-page progress report to USDA as part of our...

What is the best way to introduce a queen into a colony?

Bee Health Updated: May 14, 2012

It is best to introduce a new queen into a small colony, such as a recent divide or nuc (nucleus colony). Young bees accept new queens more readily than old...

Laying Groundwork for a Sustainable Market of Genetically-Improved Queens: The Bee Team

Bee Health Updated: May 10, 2012

Download a .pdf of this article here Marla Spivak, University of MinnesotaWhile the Managed Pollinator CAP team continues to unravel causes of bee...

Honey Bee Genetic Diversity and Breeding: Towards the Reintroduction of European Germplasm

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

CAP Updates: 24As we reflect that the western honey bee Apis mellifera thrives in some regions of the world with minimal or no chemical treatments for mites...

An Update on Bee Breeding Efforts in Indiana: Breeding for Resistance to Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

CAP Updates: 21According to the most recent surveys in North America and Europe, Varroa mites still appear to be public enemy #1 for bees, at least among the...

Breeding Bees for Resistance to Parasites and Diseases

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

  Greg Hunt, Purdue UniversityThose of you who have been keeping bees for over twenty years remember a time when bees pretty much took care of themselves and...

Selecting for Varroa Sensitive Hygiene

Bee Health Updated: November 12, 2010

For a description of the VSH trait in honey bees, please see Varroa Sensitive Hygiene and Mite Reproduction. The USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab has bred bees...

Testing Honey Bee Colonies for Hygienic Behavior

Bee Health Updated: November 23, 2009

It is relatively easy to determine if a colony of bees displays hygienic behavior by testing them using one of the methods described below. 1. The freeze...

How many times does a queen honey bee mate?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

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