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Instrumental Insemination
of Honey Bee Queens


This is a useful technique for producing specific crosses of known parentage.
It is not a substitute or bypass route for normal selection and breeding techniques, but it is a useful additional tool in many respects.

Much work is being done:-

By small groups that are springing up in many places. The work does not have universal appeal among beekeepers, but the gadget oriented tend to migrate towards this topic.

By those of us bee breeders that are frustrated by the mongrelisation of British bee stocks, are also attracted (this is my motivation).



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In Ireland, by GBBG "Galtee Bee Breeding Group".

At a recently formed, and well equipped workshop at Brooksby Bee Yard by L&RBKA
"Leicestershire & Rutland Beekeeping Association".

In Derbyshire and the Derwent Valley By BIBBA.
BIBBA, Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association... Also run prestigious, biennial conferences... The next of these is due in September 2002.

By Sue Cobey, (Ohio State University). Who has produced a very informative video and runs courses in USA.

By Vladimir Vesely at the Bee Institute, Dol in the Czech Republic.

By Prof. Peter Schley who has designed many equipment items.

By John Pollard, (Ace II equipment designer/maker) John develops and produces top quality 'bits & pieces' on a shoe string. (Alas he is not yet on the web, but I expect to propagate some of his ideas.)

By John Atkinson, (Who perseveres) He has written a useful book... Background to Bee Breeding.

IINGRIDD, (originally organised by Mary Dartnall and now by Ron Hoskins)
Instrumental INsemination GRoup Information Dissemination Day

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Written... Winter 2001, Revised... 09 Oct 2001, Revised... 01 Sept 2002, Favicon... 18 February 2003,

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