The king, the queen, the mother... the name given to the breeder has changed with time, human beliefs and scientific discoveries. Today, the female that takes care of reproduction and the propagation of the species through hiving off is the object of apiculturists' full attention. Artificial insemination, controlled fertilization, all sorts of techniques are put into operation to breed colonies endowed with specific characteristics. Crossbreeding of european lines of the apis mellifera like...
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