Research Reports: Suspected African Honeybee Colonies in Florida Tested for Identifying DNA Markers

H. Glenn Hall


Fourteen honeybee colonies, present in the vicinity of Florida ports and suspected to be of African descent, were analyzed for distinguishing mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers. Four of the colonies, previously identified as African on the basis of morphometrics, were found to have African mitochondrial DNA. Nuclear DNA markers characteristic of African bees were found predominantly in these four colonies.

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