Scientific Publications


Aleksandar Uzunov, E. W. Brascamp, Ralph Büchler (2017) The Basic Concept of Honey Bee Breeding Programs. Bee World, 94.3, 2017.

Büchler R., Uzunov A. (2017) Honey bee selection, chapter in No bees, No life Edited by Peter Kozmus, Boštjan Noč, Karolina Vrtačnik, Beebooks d.o.o. Selo 42 , 4274 Žirovnica, Slovenia.

De Smet L, Hatjina F, Ioannidis P, Hamamtzoglou A, Schoonvaere K, Francis F, et al. (2017) Stress indicator gene expression profiles, colony dynamics and tissue development of honey bees exposed to sub-lethal doses of imidacloprid in laboratory and field experiments. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171529. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171529. 

Nedić N., Büchler R., Uzunov A. (2017) Selection of queens towards honey bees’ productivity improvement. Farmers Agricultural Calendar 2017, Belgrade, Serbia.

Oddie, M.A.Y., Dahle, B. and Neumann, P. (2017). Norwegian honey bees surviving Varroa destructor mite infestations by means of natural selection. Peer J

M. Paillard A. Rousseau P. Giovenazzo J. L. Bailey. (2017). Preservation of Domesticated Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Drone Semen. Journal of Economic Entomology, 110 (4): 1412–1418

Parejo M, Wragg D, Henriques D, Vignal A and Neuditschko M (2017) Genome-wide scans between two honeybee populations reveal putative signatures of human-mediated selection. Animal Genetics.  doi: 10.1111/age.

Zammit-Mangion M, Meixner M, Mifsud D, Sammut S, Camilleri L (2017) Thorough morphological and genetic evidence confirm the existence of the endemic honey bee of the Maltese Islands Apis mellifera ruttneri: recommendations for conservation. J Apic Res 56(5), 514-522; doi:10.1080/00218839.2017.1371522



Büchler Ralph, Uzunov Aleksandar (2016). Selecting for varroa in German honey bees. Bee World, 93:2, 49-52, DOI: 10.1080/0005772X.2016.1252178

Muñoz, I.; Henriques, D.; Jara, L.; Johnston, J. S.; Chávez-Galarza, J.; De La Rúa, P.; Pinto, M. A. 2016. SNPs selected by information content outperform randomly selected microsatellite loci for delineating genetic identification and introgression in the endangered dark European honeybee (Apis mellifera mellifera). Mol Ecol Resour. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12637

Parejo M, Wragg D, Gauthier L, Vignal A, Neumann P and Neuditschko M (2016) Using Whole-Genome Sequence Information to Foster Conservation Efforts for the European Dark Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Front. Ecol. Evol. 4:140. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00140

Rangel J.; Giresi M.; Pinto M.A.; Baum K.A.; Rubink W.L.; Coulson R.N.; Johnston J.S. 2016. Africanization of a feral honey bee (Apis mellifera) population in South Texas: does a decade make a difference? Ecology and Evolution. 6(7): 2158–2169. Doi:10.1002/ece3.1974. 

Rousseau A and P Giovenazzo, 2016. Optimizing drone fertility with spring nutritional supplements to honey bee colonies. Journal of Economic Entomology, 6-1 (doi: 10.1093/jee/tow056)

Rousseau A, V Fournier and P Giovenazzo, 2015. Drone sperm quality (Apis mellifera) in relation to age, genetic line and time of breeding. The Canadian Entomologist. 147(06), 702 – 711



Chávez-Galarza, J.; Henriques, D.; Johnston, J.C.; Patton, J.C.; Rufino J.; Carneiro M.; Pinto, M.A. 2015. Revisiting the Iberian honey bee contact zone: maternal and genome-wide nuclear variation provide support for secondary contact from historical refugia in Iberian honey bees (Apis mellifera iberiensis). Mol. Ecol. 24, 2973–2992. DOI:10.1111/mec.13223.

Meixner M, Büchler R,  Costa C,  Andonov S,  Bienkowska M, Bouga M, Hatjina F,  Ivanova E, Kezic N, Kryger P, Le Conte Y, Panasiuk B, Petrov P, Ruottinen L, Uzunov A, Wilde J (2015). Looking for the Best Bee- An Experiment about Interactions Between Origin and Environment of Honey Bee Strains in Europe. American Bee Journal Nov. 2015. p. 663-666

Meixner MD, Kryger P, Costa C (2015) Genotype – environment interactions on honey bee health in Europe. Current Opinion in Insect Science10, 177-184. Doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.05.010

Muñoz I.; Henriques D.; Johnston J.S.; Chávez-Galarza J.; Kryger P.; Pinto M.A. 2015. Reduced SNP Panels for Genetic Identification and Introgression Analysis in the Dark Honey Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera). PLoS ONE 10(4): e01243,65. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124365.



Amiri E, , Büchler R, Kryger P (2014) Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus in Honeybee Queens: Evaluating Susceptibility and Infection Routes. Viruses 6(3), 1188-1201

Blanchard P, Guillot S, Antùnez K, Köglberger H, Kryger P, De Miranda JR, Franco S, Chauzat M-P, Thiéry R, Ribière M (2014) Development and validation of a real-time two-step RT-qPCR TaqMan® assay for quantitation of Sacbrood virus (SBV) and its application to a field survey of symptomatic honey bee colonies. Journal of Virological Methods 197: 7-13

Büchler Ralph, Cecilia Costa, Fani Hatjina, Sreten Andonov, Marina D Meixner, Yves Le Conte, Aleksandar Uzunov, Stefan Berg, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Maria Bouga, Maja Drazic, Winfried Dyrba, Per Kryger, Beata Panasiuk, Hermann Pechhacker, Plamen Petrov, Nikola Kezić, Seppo Korpela and Jerzy Wilde (2014) The influence of genetic origin and its interaction with environmental effects on the survival of Apis mellifera L. colonies in Europe. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2):205-214. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Charistos L., F. Hatjina, M. Bouga, M. Mladenovic, A-D. Maistros (2014) Morphological discrimination of Greek Honey Bee populations based on Geometric Morphometrics analysis of wing shape. Journal of Apicultural Science 58(1): 75-84. DOI: 10.2478/JAS-2014-0007

Dražić M.; Filipi, J.; Prđun, S.; Bubalo, D.; Špehar, M.; Cvitković, D.; Kezić, D.; Pechhacker, H.; Kezić, N. (2014) Colony development of two Carniolan genotypes (Apis mellifera carnica) in relation to environment. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2):261-268.

Francis Roy M,  Per Kryger, Marina Meixner, Maria Bouga, Evgeniya Ivanova, Sreten Andonov, Stefan Berg, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Ralph Büchler, Leonidas Charistos, Cecilia Costa, Winfried Dyrba, Fani Hatjina, Beata Panasiuk, Hermann Pechhacker, Nikola Kezić, Seppo Korpela, Yves Le Conte, Aleksandar Uzunov and Jerzy Wilde (2014 a)  The genetic origin of honey bee colonies used in the COLOSS Genotype-Environment Interactions. Experiment: a comparison of methods. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 188-204 (2014 a). DOI: 10.3896/IBRA.

Francis Roy M,  Per Kryger, Marina Meixner, Maria Bouga, Evgeniya Ivanova, Sreten Andonov, Stefan Berg, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Ralph Büchler, Leonidas Charistos, Cecilia Costa, Winfried Dyrba, Fani Hatjina, Beata Panasiuk, Hermann Pechhacker, Nikola Kezić, Seppo Korpela, Yves Le Conte, Aleksandar Uzunov and Jerzy Wilde (2014b). The genetic origin of honey bee colonies used in the COLOSS Genotype-Environment Interactions. Experiment: a comparison of methods. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2). Online supplementary material

Francis Roy M, Esmaeil Amiri, Marina D Meixner, Per Kryger, Anna Gajda, Sreten Andonov, Aleksandar Uzunov, Grazyna Topolska, Leonidas Charistos, Cecilia Costa, Stefan Berg, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Maria Bouga, Ralph Büchler, Winfried Dyrba, Fani Hatjina, Evgeniya Ivanova, Nikola Kezic, Seppo Korpela, Yves Le Conte, Beata Panasiuk, Hermann Pechhacker, George Tsoktouridis and Jerzy Wilde (2014) Effect of genotype and environment on parasite and pathogen levels in one apiary – a case study. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 230-232 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Gerula D., Węgrzynowicz P., Panasiuk B, Bienkowska M., Skowronek W. (2014) Performance of bee colonies headed by queens instrumentally inseminated with semen of drones who come from a single colony or many colonies. Journal of Apicultural Science 58(2):87-97. DOI: 10.2478/JAS-2014-0025

Hatjina Fani, Cecilia Costa, Ralph Büchler, Aleksandar Uzunov, Maja Drazic, Janja Filipi, Leonidas Charistos, Lauri Ruottinen, Sreten Andonov, Marina D Meixner, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Gerula Dariusz, Beata Panasiuk, Yves Le Conte, Jerzy Wilde, Stefan Berg, Maria Bouga, Winfried Dyrba, Hrisula Kiprijanovska, Seppo Korpela, Per Kryger, Marco Lodesani , Hermann Pechhacker, Plamen Petrov and Nikola Kezic (2014)  Population dynamics of European honey bee genotypes under different environmental conditions. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 233-247 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Hatjina Fani, Malgorzata Bieńkowska, Leonidas Charistos, Robert Chlebo, Cecilia Costa, Marica M Dražić, Janja Filipi, Aleš Gregorc, Evgeniya N Ivanova, Nikola Kezić, Jan Kopernicky, Per Kryger, Marco Lodesani, Vesna Lokar, Mica Mladenovic, Beata Panasiuk, Plamen  Petrov, Slađan Rašić, Maja I Smodis Sker, Flemming Vejsnæs and Jerzy Wilde (2014)  A review of methods used in some European countries for assessing the quality of honey bee queens through their physical characters and the performance of their colonies. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(3): 337-363 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Huang, Q, Lattorff, HMG, Kryger P, Le Conte Y, Moritz RFA (2014) A selective sweep in a microsporidian parasite Nosema tolerant honeybee population, Apis mellifera. Animal Genetics 45(2): 267-273

Huang Q, Kryger P, Le Conte Y, Lattorff HMG, Kraus FB, Moritz RFA (2014) Four quantitative trait loci associated with low Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) spore load in the honeybee Apis mellifera. Apidologie 45(2): 248-256

Meixner Marina D, Ralph Büchler, Cecilia Costa, Roy M Francis, Fani Hatjina, Per Kryger, Aleksandar Uzunov and Norman L Carreck (2014). Editorial: Honey bee genotypes and the environment. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 183-187 DOI: 10.3896/IBRA.

Meixner Marina Doris, Roy Mathew Francis, Anna Gajda, Per Kryger, Sreten Andonov, Aleksandar Uzunov, Grażyna Topolska, Cecilia Costa, Esmaeil Amiri, Stefan Berg, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Maria Bouga, Ralph Büchler, Winfried Dyrba, Kalinka Gurgulova, Fani Hatjina, Evgeniya Ivanova, Mateja Janes Nikola Kezic, Seppo Korpela, Yves Le Conte, Beata Panasiuk, Hermann Pechhacker, George Tsoktouridis, Giacomo Vaccari and Jerzy Wilde (2014) Occurrence of parasites and pathogens in honey bee colonies used in a European genotype-environment interactions experiment Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 215-229 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Muñoz, I.; Dall’ Olio, R.; Lodesani , M; De la Rúa, P. (2014) Estimating introgression in Apis mellifera siciliana populations: are the conservation islands really effective? Insect Conservation and Diversity 7(6):  563–571. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12092

Muñoz, I.; Pinto; M.A.; De la Rúa, P. (2014). Effects of queen importation on the genetic diversity of island honeybee populations (Apis mellifera linneaus 1758). Journal of Apicultural Research: 53 (2): 296-302. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Muñoz, I.; Cepero, A; Pinto, M.A.; Martín-Hernández, R.; Higes, M.; De la Rúa, P. (2014). Changes in Nosema incidence associated with honey bee queen introductions. Infection, Genetics and Evolution: 23, 161–168.

Nedić, N.; Francis, R.M.; Stanisavljević, Lj.; Pihler, I.; Kezić, N.; Bendixen, C.; Kryger, P. (2014) Detecting population admixture in honey bees of Serbia. Journal of Apicultural Research. 53 2; 303-313

Pinto, M.A.; Henriques, D.; Chávez-Galarza, J.; Kryger, P.; Garnery, L.; van der Zee, R.; Dahle, B.; Soland-Reckeweg, G.; De la Rúa, P.; Dall’ Olio, R.; Carreck; N.L.; Johnston, J.S. (2014). Genetic integrity of the dark honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) from protected populations: a genome-wide assessment using SNPs and mtDNA sequence data. Journal of Apicultural Research: 53(2): 269 -278. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Panasiuk Beata, Bieńkowska Małgorzata, Gerula Dariusz, Węgrzynowicz Paweł  (2014) Susceptibility of bee larvae to chalkbrood in relation to hygienic  behaviour of worker bees in colonies of chosen races of honeybee (Apis  mellifera). Journal of Apicultural Science 58(1): 119-126. DOI: 10.2478/JAS- 

Toufailia HMA, Amiri E, Scandian L, Kryger P, Ratnieks FLW (2014) Towards integrated control of varroa: effect of variation in hygienic behaviour among honey bee colonies on mite population increase and deformed wing virus incidence. Journal of Apicultural Research & Bee World 53 (5), 555-562

Uzunov Aleksandar, Cecilia Costa, Beata Panasiuk, Marina Meixner, Per Kryger, Fani Hatjina, Maria Bouga, Sreten Andonov, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Yves Le Conte, Jerzy Wilde, Dariusz Gerula, Hrisula Kiprijanovska, Janja Filipi, Plamen Petrov, Lauri Ruottinen, Hermann Pechhacker, Stefan Berg, Winfried Dyrba, Evgeniya Ivanova, Ralph Büchler (2014a) Swarming, defensive and hygienic behaviour in honey bee colonies of different genetic origin in a pan-European experiment. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 248-260 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Uzunov A., Meixner M. D., Kiprijanovska H., Andonov S., Gregorc A., Ivanova E., Bouga M., Dobi P., Buchler R., Francis R., Kryger P. (2014b) Genetic structure of Apis mellifera macedonica in the Balkan Peninsula based on microsatellite DNA polymorphism. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 288-295.

van der Zee R., Brodschneider, R.; Brusbardis, V;  Charrière, J.D.; Chlebo, R.; Coffey, M. F.; Dahle, B.; Drazic, M.M.; Kauko, L.; Kretavicius, J.; Kristiansen, P.; Mutinelli, F.; Otten, C.; Peterson, M.; Raudmets, A.; Santrac, V.; Seppälä, A.; Soroker, V.; Topolska, G.; Vejsnæs, F.; Gray, A. (2014) Results of international standardised beekeeper surveys of colony losses for winter 2012-2013: analysis of winter loss rates and mixed effects modelling of risk factors for winter loss. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(1):19-334.

Wallberg, A., Han, H., Wellhagen, G., Dahle, B., Kawata, M., Haddad, N., Simoes, Z.L.P., Allaopp, M.H., Kandemir, I., Rua, P.D.L., Pirk, C.W., Webster, M.T. (2014). A worldwide survey of genome sequence variation provides insight into the evolutionary history of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Nature Genetics 46: 1081-1089, doi:10.1038/ng.3077

Węgrzynowicz Paweł, Gerula Dariusz, Bieńkowska Małgorzata, Panasiuk Beata (2014) Causes and scale of winter flights in honey bee (Apis mellifera  carnica) colonies. Journal of Apicultural Science 58(1): 135-143. DOI: 10.2478/JAS-2014-0014