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There’s a little bit of Africa in the Canadian honeybee

Posted: December 28th, 2014, 1:29 pm
by Allen Dick
“There’s a little bit of Africa in the Canadian honeybee,” graduate student Brock Harpur said Nov. 20 during the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association’s annual meeting.

Fortunately, a small amount of African heritage doesn’t make for an Africanized bee, which is popularly referred to as killer bees.

“An Africanized killer bee would have 70, 80 percent African genetics,” said York biology professor Amro Zayed.

The highest levels of African genetics found during the Canadian survey were five to eight percent.

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