24 Sep '14, 5pm

Researchers Create Honeybee Sperm Bank to Breed Colony of Superbees

Researchers Create Honeybee Sperm Bank to Breed Colony of Superbees

The researchers will also be put to the arduous task of collecting…samples. By applying pressure to a drone’s abdomen, a sample of semen can be collected. The sample will then be viable for 10-14 days, giving Cobey and her team enough time to either freeze the samples with liquid nitrogen, or inject them into a queen bee’s oviduct. The crème de la crème of bees will be used – from the strongest drones to the best queen bees, and the researchers hope to create a new colony of super bees . Once frozen, the bee semen can be stored for decades and used to inseminate future bees to help the population thrive once again.

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