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The pan-European GEI experiment

The pan-European GEI experiment

An international experiment to estimate the importance of genotype-environment interactions on vitality and performance of honey bees and colony losses was run between 2009 and 2012.

The experiment included 621 colonies from 16 different genetic origins belonging to 5 Apis mellifera subspecies (carnica, ligustica, macedonica, mellifera, siciliana).

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Honey bee biodiversity

Honey bee biodiversity

The Western honey bee, Apis mellifera L., is a diverse species, with 26 currently recognized subspecies reflecting the wide variety of ecosystems in its native range of Africa, Europe, Western and Central Asia. Studies of honey bee biodiversity were initiated in the 20th century, with outstanding contributions of two significant personalities: Brother Adam (1898-1996), who collected bees from across the world in search of the “perfect bee”, and Friedrich Ruttner (1914-1998), a scientist who published the work of his lifetime in the comprehensive monograph “Biogeography and taxonomy of honeybees” (1988).

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