The idea that smaller cell size is better for bee
health, including Varroa tolerance has been
around a while. Last month's Bee Culture and a
recent issue of The Beekeepers Quarterly featured
an article by Hans-Otto Johnsen that appeared to
reinforce this notion...
Inquiries to Norway, however, resulted in the following message:
From: "Stine Helland" <email@example.com>
To: "Malcolm T. Sanford" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Subject: Re: Small Cell Study
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 11:06:51 +0200
Illegal publication of test results!
About the articles: Johnsen, H. O., 2005. Commercial Beekeeping In
, September 2005, page 37-40. and the same article
published in The Beekeepers Quarterly
, Number 80. Spring 2005.
A large amount of this article describes results from a test of
different cell sizes in beehives, accomplished in Norway in the
period 2002-2004. This is a test that the Norwegian Beekeepers
Association has started and are responsible for, a fact that Johnsen
neglected in his article. The Norwegian Beekeepers Association owns
both the test and the exclusive rights to publish any of the results.
Hans Otto Johnsen has had knowledge to some of the preliminary
results, because he has been one of the people doing the practical
work with this project. He has also been fully aware of the
Norwegian Beekeepers Associations ownership to the results. The
trust he has been shown, he has used against us, publishing parts of
the results in his articles in Bee Culture
and The Beekeepers
. It should be stressed that the total results from the
test so far appears to have a rather different conclusion than
It is important for the Norwegian Beekeepers Association to point
out that the test is not finished, that the results in the mentioned
articles is taken out of a larger context, and that Johnsen has
published some of the preliminary results without the approval of
the Norwegian Beekeepers Association.
As you see, we did not know of the article before you gave us a
hint, and we are very thankful of that. If there are more people
who need to know about these facts, please do not hesitate to inform
them. The Norwegian Beekeepers organisation will send the same
information to the actual magazines.
Best wishes, Stine Helland."