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Volume 27, Number 5, 1996
Asian honeybees
Page(s) 407 - 413
Apidologie 27 (1996) 407-413
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19960508

MtDNA variation among subspecies of Apis cerana using restriction fragment length polymorphism

S. Deowanisha, J. Nakamuraa, M. Matsukaa and K. Kimurab

a  Honeybee Science Research Center, Tamagawa University, Machida, Tokyo, 194 Japan
b  National Institute of Animal Industry, Tsukuba Norindanchi PO Box 5, lbaraki, 305 Japan

Abstract - Mitochondrial DNA variation of Apis cerana from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal and the Philippines was examined by RFLP analysis. Using ten restriction enzymes, we could discriminate among different localities including groups from: (1) Japan; (2) Nepal, Vietnam and north-to-central Thailand; (3) Korea-Tsushima; (4) Taiwan; (5) south Thailand; and (6) Philippines.

Key words: Apis cerana / mtDNA / RFLP / variability