Authors: Abigail Kimes, Samantha Brooks
Faculty Mentor: Samantha Brooks
College: College of Agricultural and Life Science
The aim of this study is to examine the predicted function of genes present in regions of the genome that influence different physiological characteristics of bees. The phenotype focused on was ovary number. Genome wide association identified a single significant locus controlling tergite color to correlate with the ovary number trait. Identification of causative mutations or linked markers would allow for genome-assisted selective breeding for these traits in honeybees, producing bees with more ovaries and capable of supporting faster population growth. A gene located on chromosome 7 named ‘GB46495’ was identified to correlate ovary number and tergite color.