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 University of Arkansas
  • Amber Tripodi University of Arkansas



Apis mellifera, Africanized honey bee, mtDNA, molecular diagnostics


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.


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Allen Szalanski, University of Arkansas



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Szalanski, A., & Tripodi, A. (2014). Assessing the Utility of a PCR Diagnostics Marker for the Identification of Africanized Honey Bee, Apis mellifera L., (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in the United States. Sociobiology, 61(2), 234–236.



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