A pinboard by
Marisa Rodrigues

Ph.D. Student, Sao Paulo State University


Available information on Africanized honeybee breeding, especially regarding the male component of the species, is almost non-existent. The aim of this study was to estimate genetic correlations for weight and morphometric traits of drones at emergence and maturity, so that in future breeding programs these traits can act as selection criteria through their genetic value. Phenotypic and genetic parameters were estimated for weight and morphometric traits such as weight (W), total length (TL), abdomen length (AL), abdomen width (AW), wing length (WL) and wing width (WW) at drones’ emergence (E) and maturity (M). Single-trait and two-trait models were used and parameters such as genetic variance, heritability and genetic correlations were calculated using a Bayesian approach.