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    >>But what you have to remember is that after a few years of using recessive traits, those same traits begin to appear agian in later generations

    I agree, as long as your neighbours follow your breeding program.

    Tell me how many queens are bred and sold into and around North America now. Many of the breeders arnt focusing on the SMR at all, but trying to exploite other traits for mite tolerance.

    As I understand it, SMR and alot of the grooming hygenic behaviour traits arent related at all.
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    As I understand it, SMR and alot of the grooming hygenic behaviour traits arent related at all.

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    Hey Ian can you clarify what you mean?

    Thanks!

    LaRae

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    Isnt the SMR trait linked and only linked to infested brood removal?
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    Isnt the SMR trait linked and only linked to infested brood removal?

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    Hmmm I don't know but wouldn't a hygenic bee, be hygenic about everything, not just mites?

    I have always understood the whole reason for working with hygenic type bees (Russians etc) was due to the mite issue.


    LaRae

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    SMR is a phenotypic trait linked if multiple genes. My understanding is that all SMR bees possess the hygienic behavior as measured by Taber, Spivak and others. The inverse is not yet true of the Minnesota Hygienics but will be soon as Dr. Spivak is incorperating SMR into her breeding lines. What is not clear to me is the relationship between SMR genetics and the ARS Russian lines. I'm geussing that the Russians also possess the SMR genes but also have a higher brood viability due to less inbreeding

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