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Action Synopsis: Bee Conservation About Actions

Introduce mated females to small populations to improve genetic diversity

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Key messages

One trial in Brazil showed that genetic diversity can be maintained in small isolated populations of stingless bees Melipona scutellaris by regularly introducing inseminated queens.

 

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Key messages provide a descriptive index to studies we have found that test this intervention.

Studies are not directly comparable or of equal value. When making decisions based on this evidence, you should consider factors such as study size, study design, reported metrics and relevance of the study to your situation, rather than simply counting the number of studies that support a particular interpretation.

Supporting evidence from individual studies

  1. Carvalho (2001) established a small isolated population of the Brazilian stingless bee Melipona scutellaris, based on 22 wild-collected colonies. She introduced between three and 13 inseminated queens each year over four consecutive years, and found that the small population retained diversity in its sex allele over nine years. It did not increase its production of sterile diploid males or collapse to extinction, as might have been expected. Carvalho recommends exchange of inseminated queens between beekeepers as a way to ensure the survival of small meliponiaries.

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Please cite as:

Dicks, L.V., Showler, D.A. & Sutherland, W.J. (2010) Bee conservation: evidence for the effects of interventions. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter, UK

 

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Bee Conservation

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Bee Conservation

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