Unusually high recombination rate detected in the sex locus region of the honey bee (Apis mellifera)

  • Beye M
  • Hunt G
  • Page R
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Sex determination in Hymenoptera is controlled by haplo-diploidy in which unfertilized eggs develop into fertile haploid males. A single sex determination locus with several complementary alleles was proposed for Hymenoptera [so-called complementary sex determination (CSD)]. Heterozygotes at the sex determination locus are normal, fertile females, whereas diploid zygotes that are homozygous develop into sterile males. This results in a strong heterozygote advantage, and the sex locus exhibits extreme polymorphism maintained by overdominant selection. We characterized the sex-determining region by genetic linkage and physical mapping analyses. Detailed linkage and physical mapping studies showed that the recombination rate is

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  • SGR: 0032711227
  • PMID: 10581277
  • ISBN: 0016-6731
  • PUI: 29574341
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0032711227
  • ISSN: 00166731


  • Martin Beye

  • Greg J. Hunt

  • Robert E. Page

  • M. Kim Fondrk

  • Lore Grohmann

  • R. F.A. Moritz

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