Assessing the Utility of a PCR Diagnostics Marker for the Identification of Africanized Honey Bee, Apis mellifera L., (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in the United States.

Allen Szalanski, Amber Tripodi

Abstract


An assessment of a molecular diagnostic technique for distinguishing Africanized honey bees from European honey bees in the United States was conducted. Results from multiplex PCR diagnostics of a mitochondrial DNA cyt-b marker corresponded with results based on COI-COII sequencing analysis, but differed from morphometric analysis results. We suggest utilizing both multiplex PCR and morphometric methods for Africanized honey bee diagnostics in the United States, when possible.


Keywords


Apis mellifera; Africanized honey bee; mtDNA; molecular diagnostics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v61i2.234-236

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