Re: How Does One Maintain Buckfast Strains?
"Finally, in a recent study, Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Dr.
Stan Schneider and Dr. David Tarpy of the North Carolina State University
instrumentally inseminated queens with semen from an equal
number of African and European drones and then monitored the
number of AHB and EHB workers produced for six months. They found
that significantly more AHB workers than expected were produced,
which suggests that African sperm may have an advantage over European
sperm, even if queens mate with the same numbers of drones
of both types. An African drone mating advantage would result in the
rapid loss of European paternal genes and may be an important factor
in the AHB’s ability to displace European bees. "
This study is an interesting read, keeping in mind that many topics such as this are quite controversial among scholars. My question would be exactly how does an AHB queen (or AHB hybrid queen) actually select AHB sperm from the layers of mixed sperm deposited in her ovaries.
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