My point is that the workers get the trait from the queen or drones....the workers have nothing if the queen of the colony or the drones she mated with do not have the trait.
Originally Posted by Michael Palmer
So a queen can be selected as a breeder based on an observation of the workers. But the queen may not have the trait and her drones will not because they are a genetic copy of her. The trait is showing in the hive because the queen was mated to a drone that had it.
So the colony is now selected as a breeder and queens reared from it and sold. And the buyer just spent 100.00 on a 20.00 dollar queen because the daughter did not get the DNA from the right drone or she did and the recurrance of that gene just dropped by 50%.
My point is without the gene(s) Identified and a dna panel done on all the breeder queens and drones the breeding program is a game of chance and the odds are against the buyer.
The absolute best that it can get is that the queens sold have 63% chance of having the gene because she got a copy from her mother and her father,(a double pair results in death of the offspring which is why the chance is better than 50/50, but less than 100%) But because the breeders think the gene is dominant they don't care about making sure that the gene is present in both parents so the chance of the gene being present in the queen bought is only 50%.
So 50 % of the queens that breeders are selling as VSH or any other hygienic are not.
Last edited by bluegrass; 11-13-2007 at 03:37 PM.
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