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Cryptic bumblebee species: consequences for conservation and the trade in greenhouse pollinators.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22427924     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Commercial greenhouse growers in both Japan and China are increasingly using reared orange-tailed bumblebees known previously as Bombus hypocrita Pérez as pollinators. Phylogenetic analysis of the DNA (COI) barcodes with Bayesian methods shows that this "species" is a long-standing confusion of two cryptic species. We find that the orange-tailed bumblebees in North China are actually part of the widespread Russian (otherwise white-tailed) B. patagiatus Nylander (as B. patagiatus ganjsuensis Skorikov, n. comb.), whereas the orange-tailed bees in Japan are true B. hypocrita. This situation has been further complicated because two other cryptic species from North China that were previously confused with the Russian B. patagiatus are now recognised as separate: B. lantschouensis Vogt n. stat. and B. minshanensis Bischoff n. stat.. As demand for pollination services by greenhouse growers inevitably increases, these bees are more likely to be transported between countries. In order to conserve genetic resources of pollinator species for their option value for future food security, we advocate preventing trade and movement of B. patagiatus from China into Japan and of B. hypocrita from Japan into China.
Paul H Williams; Jiandong An; Mark J F Brown; James C Carolan; Dave Goulson; Jiaxing Huang; Masao Ito
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-03-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  PloS one     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1932-6203     ISO Abbreviation:  PLoS ONE     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-19     Completed Date:  2012-08-20     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101285081     Medline TA:  PLoS One     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e32992     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Base Sequence
Bayes Theorem
Bees / classification*,  genetics*,  physiology
Conservation of Natural Resources / methods*
DNA Barcoding, Taxonomic / methods
Genetics, Population
Models, Genetic
Molecular Sequence Data
Sequence Analysis, DNA
Species Specificity

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