Genetic structure of drone congregation areas of Africanized honeybees in southern Brazil

Collet, Thais, Cristino, Alexandre Santos, Prada Quiroga, Carlos Fernando, Egea Soares, Ademilson Espencer and Del Lama, Marco Antonio (2009) Genetic structure of drone congregation areas of Africanized honeybees in southern Brazil. Genetics and Molecular Biology, 32 4: 857-863. doi:10.1590/S1415-47572009005000083

Author Collet, Thais
Cristino, Alexandre Santos
Prada Quiroga, Carlos Fernando
Egea Soares, Ademilson Espencer
Del Lama, Marco Antonio
Title Genetic structure of drone congregation areas of Africanized honeybees in southern Brazil
Journal name Genetics and Molecular Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1415-4757
Publication date 2009-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1590/S1415-47572009005000083
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 857
End page 863
Total pages 7
Place of publication Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Publisher Sociedade Brasileira de Genetica
Language eng
Abstract As yet, certain aspects of the Africanization process are not well understood, for example, the reproductive behavior of African and European honeybees and how the first Africanized swarms were formed and spread. Drone congregation areas (DCAs) are the ideal place to study honeybee reproduction under natural conditions since hundreds of drones from various colonies gather together in the same geographical area for mating. In the present study, we assessed the genetic structure of seven drone congregations and four commercial European-derived and Africanized apiaries in southern Brazil, employing seven microsatellite loci for this purpose. We also estimated the number of mother-colonies that drones of a specific DCA originated from. Pairwise comparison failed to reveal any population sub-structuring among the DCAs, thus indicating low mutual genetic differentiation. We also observed high genetic similarity between colonies of commercial apiaries and DCAs, besides a slight contribution from a European-derived apiary to a DCA formed nearby. Africanized DCAs seem to have a somewhat different genetic structure when compared to the European.
Keyword Drone congregation area
Honeybee reproduction
Population genetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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