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Instrumental Insemination
of Honey Bee Queens


This is a useful technique for producing positively known crosses of honey bee strains using artificial insemination - 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).

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... Who also run prestigious, biennial conferences... The next of these is due in 2008.

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, (Who was an ace II equipment designer/maker while he was alive.) John developed and produced top quality 'bits & pieces' on a shoe string. (Alas he is no longer with us, which has slowed down our progress, but I expect to propagate some of his ideas in future.)

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

IINGRIDD, originally organised by Mary Dartnall, formalised by Ron Hoskins and is now up and running under a new committee and under the name Bee Instrumental Insemination Group (BIIG), who have their own website. The original group was known as IINGRIDD and stood for... Instrumental INsemination GRoup Information Dissemination Day

By II-List a discussion group on the web for II matters.

By Anita Collins, whose papers on honey bee semen preparation and storage are published here, with her permission.

Hopefully, I myself am contributing to the melting pot, with ideas and the propagation of them via this website.

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