I have been a anon guest for a while now, just sifting through the valuable information on this website. But, I finally have the need to ask a few questions.
I work in Hawaii for a local university's bee laboratory which specializes in learning and memory in various species of animals, mainly the honeybee. We focus on their ability to perform various tasks in comparison to other species such as dogs, birds, and fish.
For about 25 years our research has run smoothly with our only main problem the weather (rain). However, about a year ago the varroa mite was discovered in Hawaii (Oahu), and since then our hives has taken a big hit (5 out of 6 hives either dead or dying). We have so far installed SBB tried the powdered sugar treatment for 6 months with mixed results. Currently, we are planning on installing honey supercells.
1. I have seen some products such as syrups and pollen patties claiming to increase brood production. Would this work in Hawaii? We do not have typical winters as compared to other places. Pollen is available throughout the year.
2. Has anyone notice any behavioral changes (more aggressive, less aggressive, more/less activity?) when using HSC.
3. Do any companies on the continent sell "mite resistant" bees. I have seen two videos (New Zealand, UC Davis) working on mite resistance.
Thanks for your input.
Cool pics on our website: www.pbrc.hawaii.edu