publication . Article . 2004

TEMPORAL PATTERN OF AFRICANIZATION IN A FERAL HONEYBEE POPULATION FROM TEXAS INFERRED FROM MITOCHONDRIAL DNA

Maria Alice Pinto; Rubink, W. L.; Coulson, R. N.; Patton, J. C.; Johnston, J. S.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2004 Journal: Evolution, volume 58, page 1,047 (issn: 0014-3820, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: The Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
The invasion of Africanized honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) in the Americas provides a window of opportunity to study the dynamics of secondary contact of subspecies of bees that evolved in allopatry in ecologically distinctive habitats of the Old World. We report here the results of an 11-year mitochondrial DNA survey of a feral honeybee population from southern United States (Texas). The mitochondrial haplotype (mitotype) frequencies changed radically during the 11-year study period. Prior to immigration of Africanized honeybees, the resident population was essentially of eastern and western European maternal ancestry. Three years after detection of the first Af...
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free text keywords: Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Africanization, Africanized honeybee, Apis mellifera, Biological invasion, Mitochondrial DNA haplotype, Mitotype
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