Iran obtains queen bee artificial insemination expertise as world’s 3rd country

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The method boosts honey production by 60 percent, keeps the hives clean and creates fewer baby bees. It also promotes resistance of the bees against the diseases.

An Iranian researcher has managed to acquire knowhow for artificial insemination of queen bees, making Iran the world’s third country which has got access to the technology.

The Iranian scientist at the Science and Technology Park in Hamedan city, central Iran, has designed a tool for artificial insemination of queen bees, and developed a method for genetic improvement of bees and boosting their resistance against diseases.

Ali Ataiyan, the director of the project and German Kassel university graduate in bee breeding and artificial insemination, said the study is designed to build an artificial insemination system of bees to modify breeding and transfer positive genetic factors to the next generation of bees.

Using the device, the sperm of modified male bees is received and is injected into the queen bee. The queen bee falls unconscious by CO2 and then the artificial insemination is conducted under the microscope.

The method boosts honey production by 60 percent, keeps the hives clean and creates fewer baby bees. It also promotes resistance of the bees against the diseases.

He further added that Germany and Denmark are the only two countries which possess the artificial insemination expertise.

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