Re: Winter losses vs. Summer gains
Actually you don't. To do so woudl require you did your own homework. It is not resonable to expect someone esle to provide you with a corse in the subject matter in order to converse. The information is easy enough to find. I found and read it with less than 6 months of beekeeping under my belt. it is like Bee genetics 101.
Originally Posted by Oldtimer
Actually from what I read the detection and the decapping are two seperate gentic traits. Both recessive. I may be mistaken and it is the uncapping and the removal that are seperate. Anyway you have more than one trait and both are recessive. This is what I understand is one of the greatest reasons it is difficult if not impossibel to make it a realiable trait in any breeding prodgram. It is getting dominated by any gene that slips into the breeding stock.
Breediing the best to the best has always been a well known method of stock improvment. But it does not work for bees. Not like it has for other animals. That is due to genetic differences in the bee, primarily in sex determination. In other animals ony two gene X and Y determin sex. in the Honey Bee it is 20 or so and growing. Simply put they have not yet figured out just how many sex genes there are.
One other difference I beleive is pesent with the method of breedign the best to the best. Beekeerps tend to consider any bees other than their own less than best. Even though the practice in other area of agriculture is that one faremr will frequently breed his stock to the stock of another farmer. Best in other animals is far more defined and measurable. Seldom if ever does a single individual own the best cow and the best bull. I never once bred a single boar that I owned to any of my sows. I paid stud fees for the best available boars. And they are not cheap. Maybe we shoudl all have oru queens taking matign flights from the edge of M.B.'s Apiary. Assurance of no brood in those mating nucs though. we would not want to introduce a population of inferior drones.
You will never get anywhere by selecting the best of all queens and then mating her daughters in a free for all amoung mutts. Even with careful painstaking selection and control over both the male and female. breeding is a very slow often fruitless process.
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