The Drone Honey Bee

Artificial Methods of Drone Rearing in Apis Mellifera and the Role of Drones in Quality Improvement

Author(s): Lovleen Marwaha *

Pp: 84-92 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815179309123010008

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


A few protocols are available for artificial drone rearing under controlled conditions within or outside the honey bee colony. The initial development phase of the drone development can be completed on royal jelly exclusively. Still, on worker jelly, complete drop development can be carried out, as witnessed by a few researchers. Sugars accelerate the drone's growth and support the passage of the drone through certain embryonic and post-embryonic stages. The drones contribute patrilineal genomic content that influences the overall strength of the colony, colonial behaviour, productivity, and other characteristics. The current chapter is attributed to some available artificial haploid/diploid drone-rearing methods and the influence of multiple patrilineal genomic content contributions to other honey bees

Keywords: Artificial drone rearing, Genetic quality improvement.

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