How honeybees do without males

Published: 2016-06-10


An isolated population of honeybees, the Cape bees, living in South Africa has evolved a strategy to reproduce without males. A research team led by Mathew Webster at Uppsala University/SciLifeLab has sequenced the entire genomes of a sample of Cape bees and compared them with other populations of honeybees to find out the genetic mechanisms behind their asexual reproduction. The study is published in PLOS Genetics.

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