Apis mellifera

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Apis mellifera

Apis mellifera

Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Inheritance of Traits Associated with Reproductive Potential in Apis mellifera capensis and Apis mellifera scutellata Workers

Visual Discrimination by the Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

Genetic dissection of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) foraging behavior

Learning and Discrimination of Individual Cuticular Hydrocarbons by Honeybees (Apis mellifera)

Egg marking pheromones of anarchistic worker honeybees (Apis mellifera)

Pheromonal predisposition to social parasitism in the honeybee Apis mellifera capensis

Maternal Effects on the Hygienic Behavior of Russian × Ontario Hybrid Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.)

Genetic Evaluation of a Novel System for Controlled Mating of the Honeybee, Apis mellifera

Differences between African and European honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD)

Transcriptional profiling reveals multifunctional roles for transferrin in the honeybee, Apis mellifera

Effects of carbon dioxide narcosis on ovary activation and gene expression in worker honeybees, Apis mellifera

A method for distinctly marking honey bees, Apis mellifera, originating from multiple apiary locations

Foraging range of honey bees, Apis mellifera, in alfalfa seed production fields

CpG methylation in the hexamerin 110 gene in the European honeybee, Apis mellifera

Rearing honey bees, Apis mellifera, in vitro I: Effects of sugar concentrations on survival and development

Landscape analysis of drone congregation areas of the honey bee, Apis mellifera


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The domesticated honeybee. There are about 25 races recognized, but the ones most commonly used are the Italian, Caucasian, Carniolan, and German races. These are generally referred to as European bees, to distinguish them from African bees (q.v.). Bees reproduce by arrhenotokous parthenogenesis (q.v.). An alternative spelling, A. mellifica, also occurs in the literature. The honeybee is of interest because of its neural and behavioral plasticity with regard to social behavior, learning, and memory. Recently DNA microarray technology (q.v.) has been used to identify expression profiles of the genes that characterize worker/queen caste differentiation and to detect the subset of genes that is transcribed specifically in the brains of adult workers. See Classification, Animalia, Arthropoda, Hexapoda, Pterygota, Neoptera, Holometabola, Hymenoptera; Chronology, 1999, Evans and Wheeler.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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