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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Development of Apis mellifera syriaca Genetic Stock with Increased Resistance to Parasitic Bee Mites

Location: Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

Project Number: 6050-21000-014-01-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2010
End Date: Jun 30, 2015

The main objective of this project is to develop a stock of honey bees that have increased resistance to parasitic mites as well as being good honey producers. The specific objectives are: 1) to identify population of Apis mellifera syriaca that are mite-resistant and possess good beekeeping traits, 2) to compare A. m. syriaca with the mite-resistant ARS Primorsky (Russian) honey bees from the United States, 3) to develop A. m. syriaca x Russian mite-resistant honey bee hybrids, and 4) to determine mechanisms of resistance.

The project will serve as an additional testing for the Russian honey bees outside the United States.

Last Modified: 05/24/2017
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