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    Default Natural treatment for nosema

    Any suggestions> how and when to treat?
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    Fumigilin-B.
    Approach your hive as naturally as possible and put it, dissolved in sugar syrup, in the top feeder. Fumigilin-B to my knowledge has no chemical residuals or undesirable repercussions.

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    Do your bees show symptoms of nosema, gingerbee?

    I don't know, really, whether Fumigilin-B is a "natural" treatment. If it is, I suppose penicillin should be considered a "natural" treatment, too.

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    My theory is, first you should see if you actually have nosema.

    Thymol syrup seems to be as natural as you get. I also know of a beekeeper (David Eyre) who uses vinegar in syrup.

    Clorox might be helpful, but I can't say for sure.

    http://www.shropshirebees.co.uk/november2006.htm

    Thymol syrup recipe


    1 ounce thymol crystals dissolved in 5 fluid ounces of alcohol to be
    added to a winter feed mix of 1 cwt sugar in 7 gallons of water. For
    those of us who want slightly more modest quantities this equates
    roughly to one ounce of the thymol/alcohol solution to 1 gallon of a 2:1
    sugar/water solution (but do your own calculations!).

    I have read elsewhere that it is quite difficult to get the two elements
    of this recipe to stay evenly mixed so that the concentration of the
    thymol component may be much higher in the lower layers of the feeder
    than the upper. This is not good news for the bees since thymol can be
    poisonous to them in higher concentrations. Is there a member out there
    who uses this form of treatment who could tell us his/her experiences?

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/articles/spring_management.php

    Thymol added to late feed will prevent fermentation (20g in 100 ml
    surgical spirits - 1 ml of this to 3 litres syrup)

    Chlorine and Nosema:

    http://www.modares.ac.ir/elearning/D...15/control.htm

    As far as fumadil:

    "Targeted gene disruption of methionine aminopeptidase 2 results in an
    embryonic gastrulation defect and endothelial cell growth arrest"
    http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/103/27/10379

    Fumagillin can block blood vessel formation by binding to an enzyme
    called methionine aminopeptidase.

    Google: "methionine aminopeptidase" fumagillin
    "methionine aminopeptidase" fumadil
    Last edited by Michael Bush; 02-28-2008 at 05:31 PM.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    MB: How can we find out more about David and vinegar?

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    Jackson, MO
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    Here's David's forum:
    http://www.beeworks.com/forum/
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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