Robinson, Gene Department of Entomology and Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.
- Social behavior
- Benefits to humans
- Genome sequencing project
- Pace of evolution
- Killer bee invasion biology
- Genome deficiencies and risk
- Sensible sensory genes
- Effect of methylation
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The Western honeybee, Apis mellifera, is a key model for social behavior and is essential to agriculture and global ecology because of its pollination activity. There are striking differences in the size of gene families in the honeybee genome relative to other sequenced genomes for several important protein and domain families. These differences, which involve both larger and smaller gene numbers, as well as other novel features of the honeybee genome, have been suggestively related to the social lifestyle of the honeybee.
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