Closed Population Honeybee Breeding. 1. Population Genetics of Sex Determination

Robert E. Page, Harry H. Laidlaw

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The genie mechanism of sex determination in honeybees is the greatest deterrent to successful bee breeding, because of the production of nonviable diploid drones with inbreeding. Part I of this paper discusses sex determination, the expected mean and variance in brood viability among queens, and the expected rate of loss of sex alleles in closed, finite, random-mating populations. This provides a foundation on which successful closed population stock maintenance and honeybee improvement programmes can be based.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Apicultural Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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  • Insect Science


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