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Research Article

Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating

  • Gianluigi Bigio mail,

    G.Bigio@Sussex.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom

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  • Christoph Grüter,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom

    Current address: Departamento de Biologia da Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

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  • Francis L. W. Ratnieks

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom

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  • Published: November 16, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050150

About the Authors

Gianluigi Bigio, Christoph Grüter, Francis L. W. Ratnieks
Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: G.Bigio@Sussex.ac.uk

Competing Interests

GB was partially funded by Rowse Honey Limited. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GB FR. Performed the experiments: GB. Analyzed the data: GB CG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: FR. Wrote the paper: GB CG FR.