Partial reproductive isolation between European subspecies of honey bess

Andrzej Oleksa , Jerzy Wilde , Adam Tofilski , Igor Chybicki


Northern Poland is inhabited by native Apis mellifera mellifera (AMM) and the non-native A. m. carnica (AMC) which was introduced by beekeepers. However, hybrids between the two subspecies of honey bee are relatively rare. The lower than expected proportion of hybrids is hypothesised to be related to reproductive isolation between AMM and AMC. To verify this hypothesis, we allowed the AMM and AMC queens to be naturally inseminated in an area inhabited by both AMM and AMC drones. Genotype of the queens and their sexual partners were derived based on random samples of their worker offspring. Assignment of parental genotypes to the two subspecies was performed with a Bayesian clustering method. In colonies headed by AMM queens, workers were fathered mainly by AMM drones. On the other hand, in colonies headed by AMC queens workers were fathered by drones of both subspecies. The partial reproductive isolation reported here between AMM and AMC may facilitate conservation of the declining population of AMM.
Author Andrzej Oleksa
Andrzej Oleksa,,
, Jerzy Wilde
Jerzy Wilde,,
, Adam Tofilski (FoBaH / DoPaA)
Adam Tofilski,,
- Department of Pomology and Apiculture
, Igor Chybicki
Igor Chybicki,,
Journal seriesApidologie, ISSN 0044-8435, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishApis mellifera mellifera, Apis mellifera carnica, reproductive isolation, assortative mating, parentage analysis
ASJC Classification1109 Insect Science
Internal identifierWBIO/2013/89
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 1.404; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 1.538 (2) - 2013=2.562 (5)
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FinansowanieThe study was partially supported by grants from Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant no. N N311509639) to A.O. and by the Research Project of UWM in Olsztyn, Poland No 528.0113.0811.
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