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    Re: cluster sizes and locations in stack

    I see it as one of the honey bees' best tricks! Blow up a big population in spring and summer for breeding and energy-gatheing, let it down but not too fast to protect the stores, drop it to minimum...
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    Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    Why doesn't that reassure me Jim!



    ... other things matter more...



    Your perspective being you are better able to control varroa with a mix of treatments and management techniques that...
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    Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    I think we'll have to agree to disagree on this one SP :) In my understanding removing the pressure to adapt precisely does that. Again, in my understanding, in the specific case of varroa...
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    Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    Wonderful, thanks Eduardo! To add an opinion:

    "We agree with Dietemann et al. (2012) that the effectiveness of IPM programmes (presumably including genetically resistant bees) for varroa control,...
  5. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Not clear who wrote this. John Kefuss makes clear the _need_ for mites in his breeding system, and bemoans the fact that he hasn't got enough! He offers to _buy_ mite infested hives.

    Why do you...
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    Re: squarepeg 2015

    I think synergistic is spot on, precisely right. From Wiki:

    Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Attic Greek word...
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    Re: squarepeg 2015

    I'll follow this with interest SP. Your operation is similar to mine in several key ways. I've just read through, and the only thing I'd want to comment on is your plan to balance up the hives and...
  8. Re: Selecting for Resistance (T/F, independent/thriving)

    I like big lids. A bit of something under the hives to stop rising damp, and a single brood box stays pretty dry. In the 2nd photo you can see my quick summer/temporary tops being used for added...
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    I agree. But there they are. And there is a larger one, which I've already mentioned; I want to direct my energies into making increase. I'd like to think about doubling numbers this year. That...
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    Only after you'd looked in your large stroppy heavy hive a second time. And then you might find a daughter who may well be worth breeding from anyway. But ok, I'm starting to be persuaded.


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    After half a dozen words there was a 'but'. There followed my reasons for thinking this was not for me.

    Mike (UK)
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    Good advice, but what would I do with this information Jonathan? What powers would it give me that I could incorporate into a system of the sort that would suit my program?

    Mike (UK)
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    There are lots of live hives. I want to find among those the best for my purposes.

    Mike (UK)
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    I think this plays itself out Darren. If a colony is heavily infected in the fall it probably won't be building strongly in the spring. When the breeding season starts it will be an obvious non...
  15. Selecting for Resistance (T/F, independent/thriving)

    I've been making plans to go over my records to start refining a system of breeder selection. This is an apiary of (currently) just under 60 hives, run on a 'live and let die' basis.

    The records...
  16. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Got you, with you.



    I'd say its undermined to a degree with every domesticated hive. Quite what the level of damage is none of us really know. But certainly the more domesticated hives, the...
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    I'd be cautious of the following problem: if it works (as a miticide) then it has the potential to conceal exactly the problem you need to breed away from. But it sound like you're aware of that...
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    Can you explain what you mean by 'soft treat' Beepro?

    Mike (UK)
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    I don't understand FP. How can telling it like it is be a hurdle to making change? If we all pretend they're not a problem what impetus is there for change? How will anyone ever see what the...
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    If you're among treaters your mite-management traits will go downhill in every generation unless you work to redress the balance. And you should be doing that anyway. Husbandry _relies on_...
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    You can do it partly like that. Get in/create as many colonies as you can manage, from the best sources you can find.

    Don't treat them at all. Just leave them. Wait until its clear which ones...
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    I anticipate you'll tell me you knew this already but... there's no such thing as a bee strain that is immune from inheriting weaker traits... You _always_ have to manage mating arrangements. ...
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    "[BeesFromPoland]: "So my "possible-future resistant genetics" will be lost every time they kill their queens, and my queens will get their unresistant genetics."



    I don't think its...
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    OK: Of course they won't; and genetics is the key to why they'll die!



    Its probably a mistake to assume any such thing - but yes, it would be natural and logical to assume that swarms that...
  25. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    There's no puzzle. You just need a better understanding of natural selection for the fittest strains, and the way selective husbandry mimics the natural process, in order to understand what is...
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