Standard methods for rearing and selection of Apis mellifera queens

Here is an excellent article published in the Journal of Apicultural Research 52 (1) 2013 which overviews good methods for queen rearing and breeding selection methods.

R Büchler, S Andonov, K Bienefeld, C Costa, F Hatjina… – Journal of Apicultural …, 2013
The richness in biodiversity of races and ecotypes of Apis mellifera reflects a long lasting,
continuous mating and testing are needed for the improvement, comparison and exchange of
breeding stock, and to of high quality queens, both in a physiological and in a genetic sense.