Multiplex PCR-RFLP diagnostics of the Africanized honey bee
At the time, alfalfa seed growers were worried that the extremely defensive Africanized honey bee
would soon reach the San Joaquin Valley.
For now, scientists are looking at other options, such as the Africanized honey bee
(a/k/a "killer bees"), an aggressive insect that arrived in the U.
Many pests of worldwide importance have been introduced to Mexico, through this border, including the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari), the Africanized honey bee
, Apis mellifera scutellata (Ruttner), and the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann (Villasenor-Luque 1987; Moffett et al.
DeGrandi-Hoffman is also the leader for ARS's Africanized honey bee
While all these problems are well known to beekeepers, the honey bee problem the public is most familiar with is the invasion of the Africanized honey bee
(AHB), for which Hollywood has created a fearsome reputation as a "killer bee.
Kern County Department of Agriculture officials announced the results of the California City find at a meeting Wednesday of the Africanized Honey Bee
Steering Committee in Bakersfield.
A colony of the Africanized honey bee
, previously believed to inhabit only areas south of the Ventura Freeway, was found in an abandoned apiary on Santa Maria Road in Topanga, according to the report.
Scientists at the Tucson lab are now testing the traps in Puerto Rico to monitor Africanized honey bee
The progenitors of the Africanized honey bee
were brought from Africa to Brazil in 1956 by a Brazilian geneticist.
Some Mexican beekeepers see the presence of the Africanized honey bee
as a great benefit, a "gift from God," because they believe the hybrids are more resistant to tracheal and varroa mites.
The Weslaco lab plays a key role in monitoring changes in populations of the much-publicized Africanized honey bee