Re: race test
We have had Caucasian bees in this country long before we ever had what are called Russians. Are they the same? Are all Russians Caucasians, but not all Caucasians Russian?
I would think that genetic testing would be really expensive. That's the excuse that I hear when I have heard people ask why testing agencies can't tell us whether we have nosema apis or nosema cerana.
Where did you get your queens? Maybe the person you bought them from can tell you about their queen rearing program and the lineage. Would that satisfy your curiousity?
Just because something is new to you, doesn't mean it is new, or revolutionary. Mark Berninghausen