History of the displacement of the European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) in Denmark

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  • Maja Gry Nielsdatter, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus Universitet
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  • Martin Larsen, Institut for Bioscience
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  • Lotte Godthaab Nielsen, Institut for Bioscience
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  • Matilde Medum Nielsen, Institut for Bioscience
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  • Claus Rasmussen

The European dark honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) is today a rare subspecies across the former range of northern Europe where it has largely been replaced by hybrid bees such as the popular “Buckfast,” involving, but not limited to, the Italian subspecies (Apis mellifera ligustica). Here, we report the presence of native dark bees in advertisements since the later half of the 19th century and document that the replacement was efficient and fast, but also that the native A. m. mellifera was not completely abandoned in apiculture. There was consistent commercialization across years among beekeepers interested in conserving the native subspecies.

TidsskriftJournal of Apicultural Research
Sider (fra-til)13-18
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2021

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