New B-GOOD video showcases a tool for honeybee genotyping
A new B-GOOD video titled "Tool for honeybee genotyping based on TaqMan technology" describes the basics of the TaqMan technology and demonstrates the procedure to genotype honeybees for the SMR trait.
In a short introduction, the coordinator of the B-GOOD project Prof. Dirk de Graaf from Ghent University talks about a 2019 scientific report on the genetic predisposition of mite resistance, written by him and his team. The report, published in the Nature Journal and titled "Honey bee predisposition of resistance to ubiquitous mite infestations", shows that the suppressed mite reproduction (SMR) trait can be explained by eight variants in the genome. Prof. Dirk de Graaf explains that the B-GOOD project explores the contribution of genetics to the health status index by screening colonies for the presence of these protective alleles.
Watch the video to find out how this technique works and observe the manipulation in the lab.