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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 234–236 | Cite as

Patriline differences in emergency queen rearing in the honey bee, Apis mellifera

  • N. ChâlineEmail author
  • F. L. W. Ratnieks
  • G. Arnold
  • C. Papin
Original Paper

Summary

In the polyandrous honey bee, Apis mellifera, workers can potentially increase their inclusive fitness by rearing full-sister queens. If the mother queen dies suddenly, workers feed a few larvae in worker cells with royal jelly and rear them into queens (emergency queen rearing). Using DNA microsatellite markers we determined the patriline of emergency queens reared in two colonies headed by naturally-mated queens before being made queenless. We found that some patrilines were reared more than others in one colony, but not in the other. These differences between colonies suggest that selective rearing is not always present and this might explain the mixed results of previous nepotism studies in the honey bee.

Apis mellifera nepotism kin recognition queens microsatellites 

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© Birkhäuser-Verlag Basel 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Châline
    • 1
    Email author
  • F. L. W. Ratnieks
    • 1
  • G. Arnold
    • 2
  • C. Papin
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects, Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffield
  2. 2.CNRS UPR 9034, Laboratoire PopulationsGénétique et EvolutionGif-sur-Yvette
  3. 3.Institut Alfred Fessard, CNRSGif-sur-Yvette

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