The ‘Breeding’ of Buckfast bees is related to the idea of Prof. Armbruster as well as to the practical work of Brother Adam and contains three principle ways of breeding:
Line-Breeding in order to maintain the results achieved in breeding
This way of breeding is progressive, meaning open for new findings in breeding the honeybee, the genetic make-up of the population as well as genetic engineering. It also supports scientific work relative to the genetics of the honeybee, if the aim is useful for attaining the breeding objective.
The breeding history is documented in pedigrees. This is a transparent process. Records of approximately 4000 breeding queens can be found on the website of the European Buckfast Beekeepers Federation. You can also view the breeding results of any particular bee breeder recommended by the Federation.