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Assessing the mating quality of Australian queen bees
Summary Colony health and productivity is greatly influenced by the number and genetic variety of the drones with which queens mate. Beekeepers often complain that queens produced in spring are rapidly superseded, and this may be because spring queens are insufficiently mated or mate with a drones from a narrow genetic base. This project will assess the mating frequency of commercial queens purchased in spring and late summer. We will also conduct a field trial to determine if queens that have been inseminated with the semen of > 15 males are significantly better than queens mated with < 6 males.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation The University of Sydney
Objective summary Goal: determine whether Australian colony productivity is constrained by inadequate mating


1) Assess typical mating frequencies of commercialpurchased queens in spring and late summer
2) Assess the genetic variability among the males that mated with the queens
3) Determine whether "more is better"
Project Stage Current
Project start date Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Project completion date Monday, April 30, 2018
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal HBE-Increase productivity and profitability of beekeepers
Principal researcher Ben Oldroyd
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Pearly Harumal