Dreier, S. et al

Microsatellite genotype data for five species of bumblebee across an agricultural landscape in Buckinghamshire, UK

Microsatellite data for five species of common and declining bumblebee (Bombus terrestris, B. lapidarius, B. pascuorum, B. hortorum and B. ruderatus) collected across the Hillesden Estate, Buckinghamshire, UK, in summer 2011. Worker genotypes were determined from individuals sampled across an agricultural landscape and queen genotypes were reconstructed from sampled worker offspring. Data were collected as part of a project led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative.

Publication date: 2014-05-08

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Dreier, S.; Redhead, J.W.; Warren, I.; Bourke, A.F.G.; Heard, M.S.; Jordan, W.C.; Sumner, S.; Wang, J.; Carvell, C. (2014). Microsatellite genotype data for five species of bumblebee across an agricultural landscape in Buckinghamshire, UK. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/6a408415-0575-49c6-af69-b568e343266d


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Study area
Temporal extent
2011-06-20    to    2011-08-05

Provenance & quality

Worker bumblebee DNA was sampled non-lethally, stored, extracted and genotyped using recognised standard protocols. The program COLONY v.2.0 was used to assign workers to full-sib groups (with a genotyping error rate of 0-5% based on results of re-genotyping 10% of randomly selected individuals and scoring errors) and to reconstruct the multilocus genotypes of the mother queens. Data were checked for errors at all stages by staff at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and at the Institute of Zoology.

Correspondence/contact details

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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Dreier, S.
Institute of Zoology/University of Bristol
Redhead, J.W.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Warren, I.
Institute of Zoology/University of Bristol
Bourke, A.F.G.
University of East Anglia
Heard, M.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jordan, W.C.
Institute of Zoology
Sumner, S.
Institute of Zoology/University of Bristol
Wang, J.
Institute of Zoology
Carvell, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Species distribution
Bombus,  Bombus hortorum,  Bombus lapidarius,  Bombus pascuorum,  Bombus ruderatus,  Bombus terrestris,  Buckinghamshire bumble bee,  genetics,  Insect Pollinators Initiative,  microsatellite,  Pollinators Pywell Section Sustainable Land Management