Increased honey bee diversity means fewer pathogens, more helpful bacteria

A new Wellesley College study shows that a queen bee's promiscuity benefits the hive. Dr. Heather Mattila studied the lives of bee colonies and discovered that the more genetically diverse the worker bee, the healthier they are. These bees become so genetically diverse when the queen bee mates with multiple bees. Research in bees has been growing in recent years in order to better understand and protect them. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the honey bee population has been decreasing by 30% each year since 2007 due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). As pollinators, bees play a very important role in agriculture and food supply. If the bees continue to disappear, food shortages could occur. The cause of CCD remains a mystery, but researchers like Dr. Mattila have long believed that genetic diversity within a colony could be the key to healthier and heartier bees. This new study provides insight on how the bee colonies become so genetically diverse. Dr. Mattila and L.G. Newton, a microbiologis

Increased honey bee diversity means fewer pathogens, more helpful bacteria

A novel study of honey bee genetic diversity co-authored by an Indiana University biologist has for the first time found that greater diversity in worker bees leads to colonies with fewer pathogens ...

Mon 12 Mar 12 from Phys.org

Increased honey bee diversity means fewer pathogens, more helpful bacteria, IU biologist finds, Tue 13 Mar 12 from e! Science News

Increased honey bee diversity means fewer pathogens, more helpful bacteria, Tue 13 Mar 12 from ScienceDaily

Increasing genetic diversity of honey bees needed

(PhysOrg.com) -- Increasing the overall genetic diversity of honey bees will lead to healthier and hardier bees that can better fight off parasites, pathogens and pests, says bee breeder-geneticist ...

Mon 12 Mar 12 from Phys.org

Promiscuous Queens Make Healthy Hives

Queen bees rule their hives better when sex flows like honey during their nuptials.

Tue 13 Mar 12 from Discovery.com

The secret of healthy bees? Queens who have the same idea as Henry VIII - the more mates a queen has, the healthier the hive

Wellesley College scientists found that queen bees who are promiscuous have hives filled with beneficial bacteria - and their bees are healthier. The finding could help scientists preserve the ...

Tue 13 Mar 12 from Daily Mail

Bee Diversity Leads to Fewer Pathogens, Better Bacteria

A study of honey bee genetic diversity has for found that greater diversity in worker bees leads to colonies with fewer pathogens and more abundant helpful bacteria like probiotic species.

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Laboratory Equipment

Promiscuous Bee Queen Ensures Healthier Bee Colony

A new Wellesley College study shows that a queen bee's promiscuity benefits the hive. Dr. Heather Mattila studied the lives of bee colonies and discovered that the more genetically diverse the ...

Wed 14 Mar 12 from RedOrbit

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Why do promiscuous queens produce healthier honey bee colonies? Study reveals surprising clues

A new study out of Wellesley College sheds light on the link between genetic diversity and healthier bee colonies--by revealing the makeup of the microscopic life found inside the guts, on the ...

Tue 13 Mar 12 from Labspaces.net

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