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  1. Re: The "bonded" Gotland bees lose there mite resistance in the F-2 generation

    I agree and think this is good practice, I just wanted to make sure that the new beekeepers understand the realities of trying to breed certain traits across generations of bees.





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  2. Re: The "bonded" Gotland bees lose there mite resistance in the F-2 generation

    Ok, here's another question. Let's say you have the ability to control both queen and drone genetics, how concerned do we need to be about inbreeding? If inbreeding is generally a concern, and I...
  3. Re: The "bonded" Gotland bees lose there mite resistance in the F-2 generation

    Greg, that's kind of my point. Most beekeepers have no way of controlling the drones their queens are mated with. I certainly don't. I live in a rural area and I have no idea what the beekeeper...
  4. Re: The "bonded" Gotland bees lose there mite resistance in the F-2 generation

    Yes, I agree that certain traits can be carried on to daughter queens, but unless you can control the drone side of the equation these traits will most likely be diminished with each successive...
  5. Re: The "bonded" Gotland bees lose there mite resistance in the F-2 generation

    If you can't control both sides of the reproductive equation, trying to maintain certain traits in any species is a futile attempt or at best a shot in the dark. The only way to control both sides...
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