Re: Genetic Diversity: What Would Brother Adam Do... Today?
genetic diversity has been shown to be important, in the context of having the opportunity to find and develop resistant traits by selective breeding. does that mean the more diversity the better?
the extreme case here would be to go around the world and collect enough queens from different lines of bees so that every colony in your apiary was unique genetically.
for me, the problem is, that you might lose the adaptations that have been made to your specific location. i.e. would bees from hawaii, that have never experienced seasonal changes, have the ability to brood up and brood down in anticipation of the changes in temperature and forage availibilty in alabama?
it's the opposite extreme to the one i put forward in the 'reducing the gene pool?' thread, whereby all the colonies in that hypothetical apiary were derived from one queen.
in practice, and what i assume most are doing, and what i will strive to do, is find an appropriate balance between the two extremes.
(i think the same argument could be made for 'treatments', hard to make the case for either 'extreme')
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf