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  •  Way I'd read it (3+ / 0-)
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    Desert Scientist, Oh Mary Oh, KenBee

    was that we're getting substantial gene flow, but it goes both ways and a lot of factors are involved.  Africanized bees are more likely to swarm than the old European strains, and make less honey.  Therefore, they're not really our choice, and where we actively manage hives, we're going to choose to intervene with queens from less aggressive and more productive strains.  But I've seen video of beekeepers working almost purely Africanized hives in Brazil with only slightly more care than my ex used with Italians in Virginia.  It's not the end of beekeeping, just another challenge.
     

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