Re: An ideal beekeepers' world
This research can be found where???
Originally Posted by WLC
I'm not too sure what 'the no-treatment/survivor protocol' is, but if it refers to the practice of avoiding raising bees unfitted to the disease environment by failing to select for the better-equipped bloodlines, it is pure nonsense.
First selecting was dangerous - it would create 'frankenstein bees'; now it is futile....?
All organisms HAVE to select/be selected in order to MAINTAIN health in the face of ever-evolving predatory organisms. That is a fact of nature, a principle of biology. Whether you feel this is best done by professional breeders, at local level, or both, is a matter of point of view, but there is absolutely no disagreement in the honeybee research community about the basic need to selct for resistance. It is now widely recognised that systematic treatments are not just ineffective in the long term, but positively harmful to the objective of raising resistant bees. Selection for resistance is currently the front line of research.
Am I the only one who feels we are in the realms of delierate misinformation here? Scientific papers are being misrepresented, requests for clarification ignored, bald untruths broadcast in the guise of facts. All pressing in one direction; against the recovery of health by selective breeding. Cui bono?
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