The effect of brood incubation temperature on the reproductive value bee (Apis mellifera) drones

Krystyna Czekońska , Bożena Chuda-Mickiewicz , Paweł Chorbiński


The effect of capped brood incubation temperature on the reproductive value of honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones was examined. Drones incubated at 32°C had larger reproductive organs and a higher percentage of live spermatozoa. On the other hand drones incubated at 35°C were more likely to have everted copulatory apparatus and they ejaculated a larger volume of semen. To collect a semen dose of 8 μl, on average 16.2 drones incubated at lower temperature were required, but 10.9 drones incubated at higher temperature produced the same amount.
Author Krystyna Czekońska (FoBaH / DoPaA)
Krystyna Czekońska,,
- Department of Pomology and Apiculture
, Bożena Chuda-Mickiewicz
Bożena Chuda-Mickiewicz,,
, Paweł Chorbiński
Paweł Chorbiński,,
Journal seriesJournal of Apicultural Research, ISSN 0021-8839, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishApis mellifera, drones, brood temperature, reproductive organs, semen quality
ASJC Classification1109 Insect Science
Internal identifierWBIO/2013/121
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 1.108; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 1.363 (2) - 2013=1.662 (5)
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FinansowanieThis study was financed from the National Science Centre funds allotted based on the decision No. DEC-2011/01/B/NZ9/00213
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