Symposium: New Technologies for the Taxonomic Identification of Arthropods: Distinguishing African and European Honeybees Using Nuclear DNA Restriction Fragment Polymorphisms

  • H. Glenn Hall


African-derived honeybees, expected to enter the United States within two years, will adversely affect the honey and pollination industries and will be an environmental hazard to the public. Control measures are dependent upon a reliable identification method, heretofore unavailable. Nuclear DNA restriction fragment polymorphisms are being found that successfully distinguish African and European bees as well as hybrids between the two. Beyond identification for regulatory purposes, DNA markers will enhance studies on African-European bee genetic interactions and population dynamics.
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