Genetics of grafted queens

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Dustymunky
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Genetics of grafted queens

Postby Dustymunky » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:01 am

I have heard when a queen lays eggs, the groups of eggs layed at one time are from the same sperm/drone. We generally graft off of one frame with same age larvae. If all the grafts are from the same drone father's genetics, we are really limiting genetic diversity in our apiaries. Does anyone have knowledge of this theory?

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Re: Genetics of grafted queens

Postby pantruten » Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:12 am

I haven't heard that before, but I don't find it credible.
I think that sperm is pretty mixed up in the queen's "resorvoir" ;)

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Re: Genetics of grafted queens

Postby Michael Bush » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:43 pm

>I think that sperm is pretty mixed up in the queen's "resorvoir"

I would say, based on my observations, that it is "somewhat" mixed up... and somewhat layered. You often see a mix of colors in a hive but you also often see that shift over time.
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Re: Genetics of grafted queens

Postby lharder » Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:30 pm

Looking at color alone, I've had very different queen colors using cut cell strips. Don't know how consistent this would be. Interesting idea.


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