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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    No offence Rolande, but its that kind of thinking that leads to whole countries having bee stock that cannot survive without treatments and manipulations. Then they complain 'there's something wrong...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Just because they share the same sources of dna (and I take it Kate Thompson found both purish races reflecting imports and Buckfast mixes and mongrels...?) doesn't mean 'There is nothing special...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    I'm just reporting here. I didn't go over all my hives - just the strongest - I was looking for eggs/larvae for grafting. The hives were strong, so I don't think they'd swarmed.

    There are some...
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    Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    My bees surprised me again this year by shutting down brooding from sometime in early July right round till mid September. Then they had another big flush and then packed up again. It seems there's...
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    Interesting stuff. Noteworthy perhaps that conditions in the film were very damp - surprising to me that bees thrive there - but might indicate that to cultivate the mites will require regular...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    You could always put a link there. It belongs here just as much. Unless they're going to rely on constant input of new mated queens from TF breeders, people interested in TF need to understand the...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    I think its a case of the more effort you put in, the more likely you are to get the sort of result you want. My apiaries contain a mix of bees bought in from something like a fifteen mile radius...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Why the hesitation about 'breeding' JRG13?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    An intelligent, well reasoned critique. Not ad hominem or content free at all. Well done, you'll make a scientist yet.
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Given a beekeeper can also dominate the drone environment from chosen stocks, considerably more than half the dna going forward can be controlled in a largish and relatively isolated outfit.
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Just bear in mind: in an openly mating organism, any help given tends to result in a need for increased similar help in future generations.

    Is that really what you want?

    Mike (UK)
  12. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I'm with you. Yes, that 'wash' could be sufficient (together with ongoing systematic treatment regimes) to be fatal to any feral populations save those protected by a buffer. But of course changes...
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    They can/do/have. Plenty of beekeepers are working treatment, often using feral/bred from feral stocks. I'm one. I simply have no trouble with varroa.



    Maybe true, I don't know. I do know...
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    'Judicious' is rather subjective. At what point does 'judicious' become 'systemic'?

    Use of any drug will tend to:

    a) promote resistance to the drug in the disease organism (by selecting for...
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    Beautiful Natural Comb & Wild Brood

    I cut out a beautifully photogenic colony recently. The elderly lady who's house it was in stayed (veil-less) in the room and watched the whole way through (in between carting stuff up and down two...
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    People often under-report and over-report because they feel it is in their interests to do so. That weakness should always be borne in mind when looking at self-reporting surveys.

    That might be...
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    And/or perhaps 'wiser' beekeepers benefit from keeping quiet. Lots of things can affect statistics.

    Shifting brood combs about is main cause of AFB spread

    Smaller brood boxes means more...
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    Its a good point.

    Another is: the better it works, the better it will be at spreading susceptibility to AFB...

    Mike (UK)
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    The health of humans - where every life is considered precious - is utterly different from the approach in agricuture - where every life is considered expendable, and the heath of the stock...
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    There is no selfish downside.

    No cost to the individual

    There is the potential for a significant social downside.

    The potential for significant damage to the wellbeing of neighbouring and...
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    And/or: genes that were highly susceptible to a range of bugs killed by Tylosin were now spread among the rest of the population.

    I know you'll be down on me like a ton of bricks, but...
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    Suppressed feral populations (with commensurate loss of biodiversity) is a certainty, not a guess. You've removed pressure to maintain natural resistance to the bugs in your bees, then dosed the...
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    If you systemically use a treatment you are removing any pressure on the bee population to promote less susceptible strains at the expense of more susceptible strains.

    That's a straitforward...
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    Because there are many fools, there's no point in applying this strategy anymore - is that your line of reasoning here?

    Instead we'll treat them with antibiotics when no-one's looking (and...
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    Hmmm. I stand by my statement. Its widely understod by fruit growers that a cox scion produces a cox apple no matter what rootstock its on, and no matter how long its on it for. All cox apple tree...
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