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Finding the missing honey bee genes: lessons learned from a genome upgrade
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Improved honey bee genome assembly with a new gene annotation set and a number of genes similar to that of other insect genomes are reported, contrary to what was suggested in OGSv1.0. Expand
Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera
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The genome sequence of the honeybee Apis mellifera is reported, suggesting a novel African origin for the species A. melliferA and insights into whether Africanized bees spread throughout the New World via hybridization or displacement. Expand
Genomic signatures of evolutionary transitions from solitary to group living
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There is no single road map to eusociality; independent evolutionary transitions in sociality have independent genetic underpinnings and these transitions do have similar general features, including an increase in constrained protein evolution accompanied by increases in the potential for gene regulation and decreases in diversity and abundance of transposable elements. Expand
The size of wild honeybee populations (Apis mellifera) and its implications for the conservation of honeybees
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The densities of colonies observed in wild populations under the harsh conditions of the African dry savannahs exceeds that of Germany by far, in spite of intensive beekeeping, and the intensity of apiculture in Europe is unlikely to compensate for the loss of habitats suitable for wild honeybees due to agriculture, forestry and other cultivation of land. Expand
The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization
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Overall, gene repertoires suggest that the route to advanced eusociality in bees was mediated by many small changes in many genes and processes, and not by notable expansion or depauperation. Expand
Gut Pathology and Responses to the Microsporidium Nosema ceranae in the Honey Bee Apis mellifera
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An extensive characterization of the parasite effects at the molecular level by using genetic and biochemical tools gives new insights into the pathological effects of N. ceranae and the bee gut response, and demonstrates that the honey bee gut is an interesting model system for studying host defense responses. Expand
Global invasions of the western honeybee (Apis mellifera) and the consequences for biodiversity
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Although honeybee invasions seem to have had little if any effect on biodiversity of native pollinators so far, it is nevertheless caution against transporting honeybees around the globe, and particularly advise against importing foreign Apis species into tropical ecosystems. Expand
Estimating the density of honeybee colonies across their natural range to fill the gap in pollinator decline censuses.
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Current densities of European honeybee populations are in the same range as those found in the adverse climatic conditions of the Kalahari and Saharan deserts, which suggests that beekeeping activities do not compensate for the loss of wild colonies. Expand
Bees as Superorganisms: An Evolutionary Reality
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The author examines the role of bees in the evolution of superorganism, and their role in the selection of individuals and groups for Superorganismic roles. Expand
Bees under stress: sublethal doses of a neonicotinoid pesticide and pathogens interact to elevate honey bee mortality across the life cycle.
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Common microbial pathogens appear to be major threats to honey bees, while sublethal doses of pesticide may enhance their deleterious effects on honey bee larvae and adults and it remains an open question as to whether these interactions can affect colony survival. Expand
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