Re: Hybrid Vigor vs. Natural Vigor
Both of my parents had blue eyes, both of my wifes have blue eyes, my grandfather on my fathers side had brown eyes, as did my wifes grandmother... I have Blue eyes... my wife has brown... what color eyes do our children have??? My oldest has brown, and both others have blue... nature makes its way... in school the prof hated situations like this... he would just throw up his hands and say "NEW MODEL"... refusing to admit that genetic science has no "true rules", but in reality this world breaks our rules everyday... ANYTHING is possible, the key is not to find the definates, it's to find the probabilities...
This is exactly the statement that I have been waiting for. I fully realize that I can only most of the time understand what you are saying. But from being old and having bred/linebred cattle for a number of years, I fully understand that about the time you think you've got everything under control mother nature will throw you a curve. It is exacerbated by the fact that a colony of bees can have many differient genetics intertwined and fully ready to pass on the same to your neighbors bees thru the drones from each queen in your apiary. Even with the most dominant of genes you can sometimes get a mutation, I assume because of a reccessive gene that won't go away.
With pure Russian bees, I still have varying genetics from every queen, if my understanding is correct. For every % of impurity, which is common, I have a chance, or probability of having, some mutts. Am I thinking right?
So much to learn, so little time!!