Conserving genetic diversity in the honeybee: Comments on Harpur et al. (2012)

@article{Ra2013ConservingGD,
  title={Conserving genetic diversity in the honeybee: Comments on Harpur et al. (2012)},
  author={Pilar de la R{\'u}a and Rodolfo Jaff{\'e} and Irene Mu{\~n}oz and Jos{\'e} Serrano and Robin F. A. Moritz and Frank Bernhard Kraus},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={22}
}
The article by Harpur et al. (2012) ‘Management increases genetic diversity of honey bees via admixture’ concludes that ‘…honey bees do not suffer from reduced genetic diversity caused by management and, consequently, that reduced genetic diversity is probably not contributing to declines of managed Apis mellifera populations’. In the light of current honeybee and beekeeping declines and their consequences for honeybee conservation and the pollination services they provide, we would like to… 

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