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The Father of the Drone – bee keeping and genetics

Wed 07 Feb 2024

The Father of the Drone - bee keeping and genetics

From 19:30 until 21:00

At Friends Meeting House

2 Miller St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1QJ



Marin Anastasov NDB


Marin started beekeeping in 1992 and developed his initial beekeeping knowledge and skills while he was studying towards a BSc in Animal Science. Later, he completed an MSc in Organic Farming at Aberdeen University.
He is passionate about sustainable food production and his entire working career has been in organic food and farming. His job involves training and development of farming operations in 35 different countries, so they can meet the required standards for organic food production. Working with farmers and growers around the world has allowed him to experience beekeeping practices in different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America.
He currently manage 30 colonies in Gloucestershire in 3 apiaries. The main objective of his beekeeping is honey production, but he also finds working with bees rather relaxing after a busy day at work. Marin rears all his own queens, as well as few extra for sale to other beekeepers. To manage the quality of the mating he uses instrumental insemination for those destined to be the breeder queens.
In 2014,he became a Master Beekeeper and since, he has taken an active part in all areas of the BBKA examination system, both setting Module papers as well as conducting practical exams from the Basic to the Advanced Husbandry. In 2017 he gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB), which is the highest beekeeping qualification awarded in the UK.


The Father of the Drone - bee keeping and genetics

The aspect of inheritance in mammles is well understood by most of u as we relate to it in our opwn day to day interactions. However haploidity, parthogenesis and multiple mating in the honey bee mean that the transfer of gentiting information and the expression of traits at a colony level is not as straight forward. The issue is further cloude by the fact that within the colony there are many sub families and the performance of that superorganism is a rresult of complex intereactions between individuals and the families.
The talk aims to give clarity on how genetic inheritance in the honey bee works, in a way that can be easily understood. It covers aspects of kinship,basic genetics, sex determination and how as beekeepers we can manage the selection process of our bees.

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