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Creating a Better Bee: Sociohistorical Approach of the Buckfast bees'

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In this article, we tell the story of the long and slow process of creating a new and super bee, the Buckfast bee, which has become one of the most used bees by beekeepers around the world. This success story is the result of a meticulous and laborious work of selection, crossbreeding, observations and travels, carried out throughout the 20th century by a monk from Buckfast Abbey in the south of England, called Brother Adam. Strain and brand, nature and cultivation, the Buckfast bee embodies the two simultaneously, a nature-cultivational bee. And yet it is this farm animal, regardless of the strain, which has become a guardian and emblem of our biodiversity.
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hal-04164785 , version 1 (18-07-2023)

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Elsa Faugere, Dorothée Dussy. Creating a Better Bee: Sociohistorical Approach of the Buckfast bees'. 2023. ⟨hal-04164785⟩

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