Future genetic work with SHB

The SHB is well poised for genomic studies of olfaction (finding colonies to exploit or finding other SHB for mating), reproduction, and symbioses with fungi and other microbes. Hence, analyses of genomic and transcriptomic (high-throughput sequencing of expressed genes) traits in the SHB are sure to follow. The methods for these analyses will be identical to those used previously for honey bees and other insects, and these methods are described in the BEEBOOK paper on molecular methods (Evans et al., 2013).