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Non-destructive genotyping and genetic variation of fanning in a honey bee colony

Su, Songkun; Albert, Stefan; Zhang, Shao Wu; Maier, Sven; Chen, Shenglu; Du, Honghu; Tautz, Juergen


The relationship between workers from different patrilines in a naturally mated queen honey bee colony is very complex due to queen polyandry, and still poorly characterized. Here, we report a means of determining the genotype of living workers in a natural honey bee colony by a new non-destructive method, which makes it possible to observe the relationship between behaviours and genotypes. DNA was extracted from the exuvia, found at the bottom of each brood cell, and confirmed to be identical...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Insect Physiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2007.01.002


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