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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    The mapping project was brought up in Catch the Buzz, and I would like to ask again for as many as can to participate in this national project, every location and colony is important. Your help is...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    A note about the costs and the aggregate samples, it started with the discussions I had with Eric Mussen. I understand the economic impact, and I cannot do this for free either. Our solution was to...
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    Re: Essential Oil Patty?

    I did some work on essential oils last year and I am continuing this year. The overall effect we saw was a general decrease in the viral counts in colonies that were using the LeFore patties. We...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    Acebird,

    The stability of the viral load does not mean that there are no viruses in the bees, stability is referring to the diversity and distribution of viruses and that will not change much...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    Hobbyist will have a stable viral load that is representative of their locallity, Our virus mapping project will use this stabillity as a basis for establishing the normal distribution, diversity...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    Cam,

    Thanks for the short answer, here is the extended version:

    The way to collect bees, I have found that if I am by myself and do not have a “bee vacuum” such as the one Randy Oliver...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    A reminder, when you are in your hives checking your bees. It is time to send samples for the Honeybee Virus Mapping Project and to take part in the National Honey Bee Survey.

    Thanks,
    Dave
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    I always have a bit of new info, so I can post some of it here. However I would like to know what you think.

    We are running samples for the mapping project. (send samples now) and I am running...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    I had a question on checking dead bee on the bottom boards and if I can test them. Yes I can test them, same shipping method. On a dead out I am finding that typically the bees are younger and do...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    The bee virus mapping project is underway!! Samples are comming in, bee associations are participating with aggregate samples from members. This project needs many samples from each state to make...
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    Indy,

    Judy is a wealth of knowledge on bee viruses. Thanks for spreading the word, the more participants we have the better the data.

    Dave
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    Re: Honey bee virus mapping project

    Cam,

    Thanks, I am looking forward to running your samples.

    Dave
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    Honey bee virus mapping project

    I am looking for participants to help create a national bee virus map that would include the distribution, diversity, frequency and intensity of honeybee viruses. I need to have samples (100 to 200...
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    BVS is also working on a virus screening project that may be of interest. It would be very beneficial to map the distribution, frequency, diversity and intensity of the viral loads around the...
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    The alcohol will ruin the sample for me. Randy's bee vac works, just don't use the alcohol in the jar. We look for the intact viruses in the bees, the alcohol breaks up the viruses and we no...
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    The cost for the samples are $50.00 per sample. Aggregate samples are about 200 bees (foragers) in a zip lock baggie (do not add anything else) making up a representative sample from a yard (bees...
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    I am new to the forum, many of you know me and what we do at BVS.

    Checking the bee viral load may give insight as to the health of the bees. A crashing colony from many factors will show a...
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