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Volume 22, Number 6, 1991
Evolution and genetics
Page(s) 621 - 626
Apidologie 22 (1991) 621-626
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19910605

Two ancient mitochondrial alleles in Australian honeybees

S. Koulianos and R.H. Crozier

La Trobe University, Department of Genetics and Human Variation, Bundoora 3083, Victoria, Australia

Abstract - Sequence information (363 bp) was obtained following polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification for portions of the ATPas 6 and COIII mitochondrial genes for 8 commercial and 2 feral honeybee hives. Only 2 alleles were found; these differed by 6 base substitutions, which implies that they diverged before honeybees colonized Europe.

Key words: mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) / genetic variation / Apis mellifera / evolution / Australia