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The Starline breeding program ceased years ago. Does anyone know where I can find an account of how this program was conducted. I read about it in some detail years ago, I think it was an article by Steve Taber, but cannot remember where it was. Any help to point me in the right direction is very much appreciated.
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Larry Connor is definitely the source regarding the Starline and Midnight bees.

According to him, though, you may also want to contact Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota, as her Minnesota Hygienic lines are linked to those original strains.
 

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Larry Connor is definitely the source regarding the Starline and Midnight bees.

According to him, though, you may also want to contact Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota, as her Minnesota Hygienic lines are linked to those original strains.
That's right. The Starline strain was developed by Bud Cale when he worked for Dadant. Later the strain was maintained in Florida by a company called, I think, Genetic Systems. The program was run by Larry Connor.

The final bee was developed by maintaining 4 inbred lines of bee. Two lines were created by crossing 2 of the inbred lines on each side, and these two lines were crossed creating the Starline. The bees are no longer offered for sale as I assume the 4 inbred lines have been lost.

The closest you'll get is probably the Minnesota Hygienic. This line was created by Marla from the Starline. It was developed for those migratory beekeepers from Minnesota that winter their bees in Texas.
 
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