Assessing the mating 'health' of commercial honey bee queens.

@article{Tarpy2012AssessingTM,
  title={Assessing the mating 'health' of commercial honey bee queens.},
  author={David R. Tarpy and Jennifer J. Keller and Joel R. Caren and Deborah A. Delaney},
  journal={Journal of economic entomology},
  year={2012},
  volume={105 1},
  pages={20-5}
}
Honey bee queens mate with multiple males, which increases the total genetic diversity within colonies and has been shown to confer numerous benefits for colony health and productivity. Recent surveys of beekeepers have suggested that 'poor queens' are a top management concern, thus investigating the reproductive quality and mating success of commercially produced honey bee queens is warranted. We purchased 80 commercially produced queens from large queen breeders in California and measured… CONTINUE READING
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