WSU Old World honey bee germplasm importations & queen availability
In 2008, the WSU honey bee program began overseas collection and importation of semen from three European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera carnica, A. m. caucasica and A. m. ligustica, under permit from USDA-APHIS. This germplasm was used annually to instrumentally inseminate virgin queens initially derived from US commercial strains of Carniolan or Italian honey bees and, following viral screening, was released from quarantine by USDA-APHIS. Starting in 2011, aliquots of all released semen were also maintained in cryogenic storage and cryopreserved semen was used for backcrossing and further enhancement of the proportion of Old World parentage in 2011 – 2015.
Old World Carniolan, Italian and Caucasian germplasm is currently available through limited numbers of instrumentally inseminated (I.I.) breeder queens that will be shipped from July to September of each year from the WSU honey bee breeding program. These queens are recommended for use by beekeepers and organizations to propagate production queens. Experience in introducing I.I. queens is recommended. We will provide instructions with suggestions for safe introduction.
2018 Carniolan breeder queens – instrumentally inseminated. The initial germplasm releases of A. m. carnica were incorporated into commercial strains of “Carniolan” and “New World Carniolan” by several California queen producer collaborators and have been available commercially since 2010. Instrumentally inseminated (I.I.) breeder queens containing a high proportion of Old World A. m. carnica germplasm are available.
2018 Caucasian breeder queens – instrumentally inseminated. The 2018 Caucasian breeder queens will have greater than 80% genetic origin from Old World A. m. caucasica sources with the remaining genetic background sourced from US commercial Carniolan strains.
2018 Breeder Queen – Cost per breeder queen – $1,000.00. Prepayment is required by June 1, 2018. Breeder queens will be shipped between July and September.
Order registration with prepayment required: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/95e472abfa31438c94dbc40d05a3b02b
Program information available at: http://bees.wsu.edu/breeding-program/queens/