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  1. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    That's a bit backwards. Natural selection locates the most effective response/s to predation. In the case of the honey, that's largely the sting.



    Not if there are equally effective...
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    Didn't mean to be rude Pheobee. In the context of the topic I thought it worth pointing out that there might be a relatively simple explanation. Ockham's razor and all that.

    Mike (UK)
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    Turkeys don't vote for Christmas. Rather, they spend large amounts of money devising and promulgating stories that promote their own interests.



    Then they'll just look for ways of making money...
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    Hmm. Yes, that makes sense, but only in an ordinary way. I don't think you need to posit a complex explanation.

    Mike (UK)
  5. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Depended what you mean by 'figured out.' Pretty much all but the simplest life forms are too complex for us to say we know everything about them. But that's not to say we know nothing about them.
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    There's that 'work with' again. Again, can you tell us:

    a) your qualifications

    b) your job description.

    Mike (UK)
  7. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    If you live in an area containing effective predators, the gentler characteristics have been removed from the population. Only hot bees get to make more bees.



    Yes.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Lets hear it again from two of the most respected writers on bee husbandry:

    ""Queen breeding ranks as the most important activity in the efficient management
    of an apiary: by it, the apiarist...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    And such a behaviour will be genetically derived. Bees don't teach their offspring, or the offspring of others, so there's no cultural ('symbolic' as your authors describe it) transmission. They...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    What are your qualifications Peter, and what is your job description?



    Before I even went to school I knew 2 + 2 = 4. I know lots more math now, but last I knew that was still right. That's...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Ludicrous. The genetic basis for all sorts of behaviours are known. In the case of the honeybee and hygienic behaviours for example the molecular details have been known for some time. See Hygienic...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    SP,

    Thanks, it all seems to be going well. I have about 65 mated colonies at the moment, up from 28 that came through the winter (33 went in). Most therefore are young, about 50/50 splits and...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    It looks like our difference have reduced largely one of the meanings of keyterms, and the question of whether ferals supply desirable traits.

    I think it is necessary to the conversation to be...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    duplicate
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    They are predictable, but only on the same sort of basis that it is predictable that casinos will turn a profit from the random outcomes of games within. The odds are there, and they are something...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    But this isn't 'breeding' and you selecting for these genes doesn't in any way mimic natural selection for the fittest strains?

    And you're not 'husbanding' the desirable genes into the next...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Ye gods: of course upbringing (nurture) makes a difference, but does anyone in this day and age seriously think genetics makes no difference?

    Apart that is from Peter, who thinks:

    a) it does...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Yes, we've established that now Peter. Well, we've established that they use selected parents - whether 'properly raised' covers it I'm not so sure. Just joking!



    In that case it'll be fine...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Quite.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    I could have made that clearer - I guess I'd assumed those here would be able to read my meaning easily. After all, to take it the other way would be in complete opposition to everything I've been...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    It would be wrongheaded of you to select rams and breeding ewes at random. It would be more wrongheaded of you to select the weakest for that purpose.

    That's the comparison here.

    If some of...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    That's right. The next generation is made from bees that do not need treatments - for ie varroa.

    It isn't quite that easy (though it is that easy where you have resistant ferals who've done the...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    As long as you you control the ingredients (input) you are controlling the product.

    The fact of open mating makes things more difficult. And yes, if you stop breeding your stock soon returns to...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    You don't argue it: you simply claim it.

    The environment that selects for the thing you want is the environment that exists where you are. That's the environment you want your bees to thrive in...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Daniel,

    You and I have just had a lengthy exchange in which I've made it abundantly clear that I advocate the beekeeper actively selecting - breeding, in the manner of a traditional husdandryman....
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