BeeBase is a comprehensive sequence data source for the bee research community. It currently hosts the genomes of Apis mellifera and three of its pathogens, as well as Bombus terrestris and B. impatiens; the genomes of two additional species, Apis dorsata and A. florea are currently under analysis and will soon be incorporated. BeeBase is built on version 4.5 of the A. mellifera genome assembly, version 1.0 of the B. terrestris and version 2.0 of the B. impatiens assemblies, released by The Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center in 2011.
A recent genome sequence improvement effort implemented Next Generation Sequencing technologies to significantly increase sequence coverage of the A. mellifera genome, producing assembly 4.5. The Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium is currently finishing annotation analysis to release the newest Official Gene Set (OGS) for this species.
From molecule to colony: Honey bee is a model species for social behavior and an essential species to global ecology as pollinators. Reports from the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium were our first genome-wide insights into the social life of insects. An informatics resource like BeeBase opens the possibility for further exploration to find answers to how such life style came to be amongst many other questions.