Determining low levels of Africanization in unmanaged honey bee colonies using three diagnostic techniques
University of Delaware
"Killer bees" arrived in the United States in the year 1990. Questions have arisen regarding low levels of Africanization in regions bordering the locations with established, Africanized bees. Honey bees were collected and examined using three methods of testing to determine levels of Africanization. With morphometrics, mitochondrial DNA, and nuclear DNA tested with the use of microsatellites we found that the known Africanized bees collected by the Florida Department of Agriculture did not exhibit Africanization other than in the preliminary, morphometric test performed by the Department of Agriculture.