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The western honey bee, Apis mellifera, provides critical pollination services to agricultural crops worldwide. However, despite substantial interest and prior investigation, the early evolution and subsequent diversification of this important pollinator remain uncertain. The primary hypotheses...

Author(s)
Cridland, J. M.; Tsutsui, N. D.; Ramírez, S. R.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Genome Biology and Evolution, 2017, 9, 2, pp 457-472
Abstract

Backgrounds: Apis mellifera scutellata and A.m. capensis (the Cape honey bee) are western honey bee subspecies indigenous to the Republic of South Africa (RSA). Both bees are important for biological and economic reasons. First, A.m. scutellata is the invasive "African honey bee" of the Americas...

Author(s)
Eimanifar, A.; Brooks, S. A.; Bustamante, T.; Ellis, J. D.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
BMC Genomics, 2018, 19, 615, pp (15 August 2018)
Abstract

We characterized Apis mellifera in both native and introduced ranges using 1136 single-nucleotide polymorphisms genotyped in 341 individuals. Our results indicate that A. mellifera originated in Africa and expanded into Eurasia at least twice, resulting in populations in eastern and western Europe...

Author(s)
Whitfield, C. W.; Behura, S. K.; Berlocher, S. H.; Clark, A. G.; Johnston, J. S.; Sheppard, W. S.; Smith, D. R.; Suarez, A. V.; Weaver, D.; Tsutsui, N. D.
Publisher
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, USA
Citation
Science (Washington), 2006, 314, 5799, pp 642-645