Comparison of some propertıes of different super sister queen groups in bumblebee

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Ozsahin R., GÖSTERİT A.

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS-SERIES D-ANIMAL SCIENCE, vol.LXI, no.2, pp.169-172, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: LXI Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-172


Commercial bumblebee colonies have been used for the pollination of a number of crops, mainly of tomatoes (95%). In
comparison with other bumblebee species, Bombus terrestris has the most year round rearing. The year round rearing
procedure of B. terrestris involves some main stages: colony foundation, obtaining of young queens and males, mating
and diapause control. Success of these stage are affected by environmental conditions, physiological properties and
genetic structure ofthe queens. Knowledge of the effects of these factors will increase the rearing success. Because of
the B. terrestris queens mate once, female individuals in their colonies are supersister. There is a 75% genetic
relatedness between the supersister young queens. This study was conducted to compare the different super sister queen
groups and to determine the effect of genotype on weight, mating performance and diapause performance of queensin
B. terestris. Results showed that genetic differences affected the copulation duration and pre and post diapause weight
of queens, but survival ratio during the diapause duration did not affected by genotypic differences.