Preservation of Honey Bee Semen

Science. 1960 Jun 10;131(3415):1734-5. doi: 10.1126/science.131.3415.1734.


Fertilized eggs have been obtained from queen honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) inseminated with sperm that had been stored in vitro at above-freezing temperatures for up to 68 days. The effects of various experimental storage treatments on semen are described. Semen shipped by ordinary mail has been successfully used for artificial insemination.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bees
  • Body Fluids*
  • Cold Temperature*
  • Insemination, Artificial*
  • Male
  • Preservation, Biological*
  • Semen Preservation*
  • Semen*
  • Spermatozoa*