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Volume 26, Number 6, 1995
Page(s) 503 - 510
Apidologie 26 (1995) 503-510
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19950607

Allozyme variability in a central Anatolian honeybee (Apis mellifera L) population

I. Kandemir and A. Kence

Department of Biology, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey

Abstract - Central Anatolian honeybees (Apis mellifera L) were electrophoretically examined at 6 enzyme loci. Four loci were polymorphic (Est-3, Pgm, Hk, and Mdh) and 2 loci were found to be monomorphic (Pgi and Me). Genotypic frequencies of enzymes met Hardy-Weinberg expectations. Low levels of genetic variability were detected and heterozygosity was calculated as 0.033 ± 0.005. Gene frequencies obtained for Pgm, Est, Hk and Mdh were compared with those of the studies done in other parts of the world, especially in neighboring countries.

Key words: central Anatolian honeybee / Apis mellifera L / isozyme / genetic variation / starch-gel electrophoresis