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  • Honey bee invaders exploit the genetic resources of their predecessors

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      Entomology professor Charles Whitfield, right, and postdoctoral researcher Amro Zayed, analyzed specific markers of change in the genes of honey bees in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They also focused on geographic regions - such as Brazil in South America - where multiple honey bee invasions had occurred.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      In repeated invasions of a new territory, the honey bee, Apis mellifera, can benefit from the genetic endowment of those bees that arrived in earlier territorial expansions.

      Photo by Amro Zayed

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      In repeated invasions of a new territory, the honey bee, Apis mellifera, can benefit from the genetic endowment of those bees that arrived in earlier territorial expansions.

      SOURCE: US Department of Agriculture.

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