Butler, Lara Elizabeth (2008-05). Honey bee gene regulation and transcriptional effects of a pheromone and a parasite. Master's Thesis.
The European honey bee, Apis mellifera, is a primarily beneficial insect for mankind. It has been utilized by humans for thousands of years for the products and services it provides. Crop pollination and honey production are two of the most economically beneficial activities of the honey bee. Though they have been important for many centuries and immeasurable amounts of effort have been expended investigating the methods and means to harness their natural abilities, a far lesser amount of attention has been directed towards exploring their molecular makeup. These experiments involve identifying modification of gene transcription as a result of exposure to a pheromone or a parasite. This data will provide information on the general types of transcripts involved in the biochemical response of the honey bee to the two stimuli and will also provide specific candidates for further investigation of their potential role in downstream behavioral events.