The native distribution of the Western honeybee (A mellifera) spans Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering temperate and tropical climates. Nearly 30 subspecies of honeybees have been described to account for the phenotypic variation throughout this vast range but the geographic origin of the species has remained elusive. In a recent paper in Ecology and Evolution (22957195), we reviewed the competing hypotheses about the origin of the species and performed extensive reanalysis of the currently most comprehensive SNP dataset on honeybees (17068261). Go here for the complete article!
We are giving an introductory Perl course at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology at Uppsala University between the 9th and the 17th of October 2012. You can find more details about the course here.