Measuring sperm viability over time in honey bee queens to determine patterns in stored-sperm and queen longevity

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Journal of Apicultural Research

Vol. 53 (4) pp. 493-495
DOI

10.3896/IBRA.1.53.4.02
Date

September 2014
Article Title

Measuring sperm viability over time in honey bee queens to determine patterns in stored-sperm and queen longevity
Author(s)

David R. Tarpy and Ray Olivarez, Jr.
Abstract

Honey bees, the primary insect pollinator of almost 100 different crops, require strong and productive colonies during the blooming period for effective seed set. To achieve sufficient productivity, beekeepers stimulate brood production and queen egg-laying weeks or even months prior to bloom to ensure that colonies are adequately able to meet production demand. Improving queen productivity will therefore have direct impacts on colony productivity and the reliability of the honey bee population for pollination services.

Keywords

queen longevity, supersedure, spermatheca, stored sperm, sperm viability, mating quality
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