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Selection of Honey Bees - Aiming for Vitality


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Title Selection of Honey Bees - Aiming for Vitality
Alternative Title Selektion der Honigbiene - Auslese auf Vitalität
Author Garrido, Claudia
Büchler, Ralph
Tiesler, Friedrich-Karl
Contributors Gertraude Kerlen (Buch und Regie)
Kuno Lechner (Kamera)
Thomas Gerstenberg, Klaus Kemner (Ton)
Christina Prudlik, Abbas Yousefpour (Schnitt)
License No Open Access License:
German copyright law applies. This film may be used for your own use but it may not be distributed via the internet or passed on to external parties.
DOI 10.3203/IWF/C-13137eng
IWF Signature C 13137
Publisher IWF (Göttingen)
Release Date 2008
Language English
Producer IWF
Production Year 2007

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Subject Area Life Sciences
Abstract In beekeeping the varroa mite continues to be the most significant problem. Selection for resistant bees today is thus the greatest challenge in bee breeding. After a brief introduction into the symptoms and the biology of the varroa mite, simple methods for recognizing and testing resistant colonies are presented. Further selection methods (vitality test) and the concept of tolerance mating stations are described in detail. The film includes macro footage of typical bee behavior such as brood hygiene and the symptoms of varroasis (brood damage, crippled bees). Diagrams explain complex relationships like infestation development and the significance of population size for selection.
Keywords beekeeping
bee / honey bee
pairing / Insecta
egg / Hymenoptera
larvae / Insecta
grooming / honey bee
grooming / Insecta
bio statistics / breeding
selection / honey bee
breeding selection
performance evaluation / bee keeping
honey yield
genetics / honey bee
bee breeding
varroa mite
vitality test
tolerance mating station
brood hygiene
needle test
Apis mellifera
honey bee
varroa mite

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