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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Mike
    You can join ibra for 36. It is only the papers published relatively recently which you have to pay the full fee for.
    I joined last year and have access to 30+ years worth of Journal of...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Hi tech via the NUIG University programme.

    There was a well defined proposal submitted last October but the funding fell through.
    I saw a draft of the proposal at the time.
    Part of the funding...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    That is a good question and the ordinary bee breeder does not have access to genetic testing to check this.
    The chances are that there has been some historic introgression of genetic material from...
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    Re: Well, that is disappointing.

    suffocation or poisoning could be possible causes of a sudden loss.
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    Re: Well, that is disappointing.

    Bees should not freeze to death unless you are talking about a colony with just a few hundred bees. A colony with several thousand bees should not freeze over a couple of cold nights. What was the...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Juhani
    You can have a situation where you have a great colony due to heterosis, hybrid vigour, but the trait expressed in an F1 cross will not carry forward.
    If you read the Jensen and Pederson...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    The wing morphometry is yesterday's news. If you read that paper by Robin Moritz it becomes quite clear that using morphometry as a selection tool for subspecies purity produces false positives as...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Juhani. Why worry? There should be enough genetic variation within any pure race species for mite tolerance to emerge.
    Has that not been documented by Marla Spivak and others?
    The alternative is...
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    Re: Odds that this swarm is mine?

    The trigger for a swarm is usually the presence of a sealed queen cell.
    If you leave behind 4 queen cells you could potentially get three cast swarms as each emerging virgin leaves with some of the...
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    Re: Pollen in queenless hive

    I had a queenless hive filled half the frames in the brood box with pollen.
    I think they bring back pollen on autopilot like that zombie movie where they all continue to walk around the mall as it...
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    Re: Sable Grafting Brush - Tips Wanted

    I use 000 sable and don't prime the cups.
    For me, the trick to getting the larva off cleanly is to have plenty of jelly with it and develop a clockwise rotating motion with the brush while pulling...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Saltybee
    It wasn't my equipment, I was just demonstrating at the event.
    Most people in Ireland use British national size rather than Langs so I think from memory that is what it was.
    They measure...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    This is me demonstrating at a queen rearing training day last summer.

    http://nihbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Jonathan-takes-us-through-Colony-Assessment.jpg

    Someone needs to buy the guy at...
  14. Re: First cut out, survivor colony. Will I be able to save these survivor bees?

    I had a piece of brace comb with a few eggs in it which sat on a shelf for a couple of days. I then used it as a starter strip in an apidea and noticed that the bees managed to start a few larvae so...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    If you are a breeder of A mellifera mellifera you don't even want Carnica or Ligustica in the stock!
    We have started a project collecting Amm samples in Ireland for future DNA testing and each...
  16. Re: What does a swarm do when they are happy with their home?

    Just be careful you don't have a swarm with a virgin queen as she needs to be able to fly and mate.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Micheal.
    I run a breeding group based on Amm in Ireland and the only characteristic listed above I would agree with is that they are certainly black.
    Runny bees are bad bees. I see this maybe 1...
  18. Re: "17 billion honey bees injured, killed...", Article featuring Kim Flottum.

    Exactly. Time to look at some other stuff which may be far more problematic than neonics.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I never claimed to be but I did a couple of years of genetics as part of my degree.
    I find your posts hopelessly naive so heaven knows what they read like to a geneticist.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    A significant chunk of the human genome came from viruses



    http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/10/the-lurker-how-a-virus-hid-in-our-genome-for-six-million-years/

    This is the same...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Same old same old. You have completely missed the point of this thread and you are quite naive about how genetics and inheritance works. (best to best LOL) Your explanations are at schoolboy level I...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    If you graft from a queen heading a really good colony with the traits you want there are still a huge number of variables outside your control.
    First, if your mother queen mated with 15+ drones...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I rear a lot of queens in apideas for myself and also a queen rearing group I run and to be honest I have not noticed any difference between mating from a full colony and mating from an apidea. Some...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    What experiments are you referring to and how have you made a valid comparison with say queens which mate from small mating nucs.
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    Re: Thought I was Treatment Free

    We have a guy in our association with a press. If you bring him wax he will return you sheets from the wax you gave him in whatever size you want. He keeps a percentage of the wax for himself. I have...
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