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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: The Release of ARS Russian Honey Bees

Authors
item Rinderer, Thomas
item De Guzman, Lilia
item Harris, Jeffrey
item Kuznetsov, Victor - RUSSIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
item Delatte, Gary
item Stelzer, John
item Beaman, Glenda

Submitted to: American Bee Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2000
Publication Date: April 1, 2000
Citation: RINDERER, T.E., DEGUZMAN, L.I., HARRIS, J.W., KUZNETSOV, V., DELATTE, G.T., STELZER, J.A., BEAMAN, G.D., THE RELEASE OF ARS RUSSIAN HONEY BEES, AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL, 2000, VOL. 140, pgs. 305-307, EDITION #4.

Interpretive Summary: The history of the work with Russian honey bees is reviewed to establish the research context of the decision to release Russian honey bees to the beekeeping industry. The release process itself is reviewed as are various characteristics of Russian honey bees that are incidental to the main selection program. The report is designed to inform beekeepers about the underlying details of the release of Russian honey bees.

Technical Abstract: Past work with Russian honey bees relating to their discovery, importation, quarantine, and testing are reviewed. The decision and process of releasing Russian honey bees to industry are reviewed. Various beekeeping characteristics of Russian honey bees that were not specifically studied via data collection processes are reported, such as their tendency to use very little propolis. The report informs beekeepers about the underlying details of the release of Russian honey bees.

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