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  1. Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    I am seeing evidence of accumulation of multiple small genetic effects that result in gradually increasing mite tolerance. This is accompanied by ongoing attrition as susceptible stocks are wiped...
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    Re: Less may be more by Mark Winston

    More important to a beekeeper, more diverse flora produces healthier bees. You can find several studies showing that a pollen diet from a single source is detrimental to honey bees health. This is...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    I'd like to tackle this one because I don't think anyone is reading here in the TF area unless they are interested in getting treatment free. IMO, there is nothing "stupid" about taking on a task as...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Fat chance.

    This is purely observational so don't ask me to quote sources or somehow "prove" what I say is correct.

    I am seeing significant levels of tolerance in feral colonies, but it is...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    The only thought I would weigh in with is the point made above. Neonics were not thoroughly tested to begin with. Read the original studies on which they were approved for use and you will see...
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    Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/neonicotinoid-pesticide-use-to-be-reduced-by-80-in-ontario-1.2849318
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    Modify the microclimate. You can't change the weather, but you can change the extremes the bees have to deal with.

    I have several colonies sitting on a porch at the southeastern corner of my...
  8. Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    "Taking the first and most obvious explanation offered and assuming the case to be closed is often a mistake."

    Ever heard of Occam's Razor?
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    Stored pollen loses quite a bit of digestibility. There was a study I read years ago that stored pollen (as stored by the bees in cells covered with honey) is about half as effective at stimulating...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    I might argue that modern beekeeping is what moved varroa into the worldwide honeybee population, therefore modern beekeeping (meaning moving bees from their natural habitat) is the cause of bee...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    My view is that some of the genes involved in VSH are recessive but others are penetrant, meaning neither recessive or dominant but somewhere in between. It is necessary to maintain a good...
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    Re: Quebec Queens

    I agree with raising your own queens, but I'm going to use an example from chickens to illustrate why. I got 90 eggs from a breeding program at a university and hatched them with 60 odd chicks...
  13. Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    I stopped all treatments 10 years ago when I found a single feral queen that showed significant mite tolerance. I purchased some queens from Purvis that I then used as drone sources to mate queens...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    There is no significant difference in large cell vs small cell bees foraging distance. There is however a link between wing size and foraging distance and there is a link between background genetics...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    A better explanation is that a given size colony can cover a certain amount of comb. If that comb has 20% more cells, then 20% more bees can be raised in a given brood cycle. Once the colony...
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    Re: Bomb Cyclone to hit US next week

    A man who sticks with round red "celebrity" tomatoes probably thinks all honey tastes the same. Ya'll help yourself to your volunteer cherries, I'll have another bowl of these scrumptious orange,...
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    Re: Bomb Cyclone to hit US next week

    Note to self to remind Lauri next spring that there are more tomatoes in the world than she has grown and Sungold is NOT the best cherry tomato out there.
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    I'm in the group that uses small cell but not for purported varroa benefits. The advantage of small cell in the brood nest is that the cluster can cover more cells and the bees can raise more brood...
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    Re: Bomb Cyclone to hit US next week

    tsk tsk Lauri, you didn't grow 500 tomato plants. What is the world coming to.
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    Re: Bottom board and slatted rack

    The one significant piece of advice needed has not yet been provided. If you go with solid bottom boards, make the effort to get some mite tolerant queens. It will reduce or eliminate the problem...
  21. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    What Squarepeg is describing is typical mite collapse in a partially resistant colony. I've seen it several times in my bees. I always let them die out and then make splits in the spring.
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    Aster has very little odor. Goldenrod smells like dirty socks.
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    Getting some activity here in Hamilton too. I saw the first goldenrod blooms a week ago. The bees are finally bringing enough to feed themselves. Hopefully they will get a good surplus for winter....
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    Re: To make it real

    Well, I don't have my bees in this pic, but if you really want to see them, I'll show you a pic of them sitting on my front porch on google maps. On the other hand, I've posted enough pics of them...
  25. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    Thm, correct decision. There is no way on earth that I would advise paying that amount for a colony this late in the year. Think of it like this. You can purchase brand new equipment and assemble...
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