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Continuing commercial queen production after the arrival of Africanized honey bees

Continuing commercial queen production after the arrival of Africanized honey bees

The "African" honey bee: 187-197

The author suggests that, provided a low level of Africanization can be tolerated in the offspring of queens, it should be possible for commercial queen production to continue in areas where honey bee populations have become Africanized. Producers will have to achieve a sufficiently high level of mating control, say 90-95%. A method is explained for evaluating mating control, based on the 'drone equivalents' of an area. Possible methods for increasing mating control are considered.

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