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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Your queen is all right, hive looking healthy, I would say they are typical (Finnish) Italian mutts, which can shut their brood production quite early, in August, even late July, and they still make...
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    Re: Exporting queens outside the USA

    Bee import from USA into EU has been forbidden for a long time because of Kashmir virus.
  3. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Can´t say, I haven´t noticed connection between finding dead pupa and troubles. This particular hive was (and still is) one of my strongest ones.

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    Picture taken 28th May, willow starts...
  4. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Good points Daniel Y.

    Here is a picture of removed pupae.14147

    No tests done, just left without treatments.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Natural brood break for 2,5 months in England? I don´t believe it.
  6. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    The mites which are reproducing are specially interesting and their relation (in numbers) to non reproducers. Finally, as Arista replied, happens what we TF beekeepers have been saying for years (my...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Winter bees have body tissue called "fat body" which consists of fat and proteins. It is around all body organs, whitish stuff, which can well be seen in microscope. Bees start brood rearing with...
  8. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    For instance here:
    http://perso.fundp.ac.be/~jvandyck/homage/elver/pedgr/ped_RL_2014.html

    In the middle there is a text: "AristaBeeResearch 1 drone insemination-combination Breeder Nr …"

    There...
  9. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Can you please tell us more precisely what are the pedigrees of these 6 different breeders.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Yep, lots of boxes and weak hive, and all the colonies in 2 miles distance come and get what is left, that´s what it looks like.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    It has been interesting following this thread.

    Specially remembering all those from USA homecoming (Apimondia etc.) Finnish beekeepers who say: " You never believe what we saw! They feed...
  12. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Lburou was referring to this work in Europe with VSH, they did 1 drone inseminations.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    What do you mean with this? Please tell some example.

    I need to have resistance for AFB, because according to studies 30% of the Finnish bee yards are infected.
  14. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    In Europe there is a lot going on with VSH bees
    https://www.facebook.com/aristabeeresearch?ref=ts&fref=ts


    They seem to think more highly about them than some in US...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    I think if somebody writes something in Facebook it is not considered as science. I´m not in FB, but what I heard they speak there mainly nonsence...:D
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    My point was that epigenetic factor are for sure having some impact. If Dee Luzby is leaving frames less than 6 AFB infected cells in the hive (and Solomon has maybe somewhat...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1785/20140454
  18. Re: Trans-generational immune priming in honeybees

    Ole hyvä!

    Epigenetic changes are likely to happen against varroa too, as Randy Oliver wrote:
    "We have watched this process happen after the recent introductions of some now common parasites–...
  19. Trans-generational immune priming in honeybees

    http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1785/20140454

    Randy Olivers article :
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-7/

    Juhani Lundéns diary 3.7.2012...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    I leave AFB infected hives (0-3/year) on the yard for so long that most of the brood has came out. Then they are shaken away, sometimes to foundation, but usually they are at that point so weak,...
  21. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    VSH bees may not be perfect yet, but they surely are a proof that it is possible to breed for varroa resistance.

    Randy Oliver (and Peter Loring Borst) refer Mike Alsopps study...
  22. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    I saw very mixed results with my VSH in F1. Later crossings with my own resistant bees have made them better produces, and because I made heavy selection in F1 I´m quite pleased. They sting...
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    Re: TF until today

    I would suggest that even if you get 70% losses you could study the remaining hives and decide after that -


    "my mama used to say, life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna...
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    Re: TF until today

    In Finland OA has widely been used for at least 15 years. In the beginning it was strictly forbidden to use it more than once a year. The reason was possible bee losses, it is quite heavy stuff.

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    Re: TF until today

    People like Kefuss are rare exceptions. Crazy ( and rich?) professionals who are ready to jeopardize their living. Normally the big beekeepers are not interested in TF beekeeping.
    Backyard beekeeper...
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