Re: Small Cell Studies
Semantics is what turns a piece of half raw castrated bull meat into a sizzling hot juicy rib-eye steak. They are one and the same thing but the meaning is drastically different because of the words used. You can guess which part of that statement describes the current state of this thread.
I personally feel this conversation went overboard to the point of driving folks away from beesource. That is a very undesirable outcome. Both sides of this issue need to be present if anything valid is to be achieved.
I would present the following facts
1. There have been three published studies of small cell as a control for varroa
2. All three studies have given the same result, it does not work.
3. All three studies were flawed in one way or another because of setup, time frame, or other variables
4. Anecdotal support for small cell working is available from at least 3 valid sources.
5. Commercial beekeepers who have tried small cell on a large scale have consistently had crashed colonies within 2 years of setup.
When you put all of that together, there is ONLY one conclusion. Something besides small cell is at work. Instead of beating each other up, why don't we focus on finding what is actually operating to help small cell colonies survive.
NW Alabama, 46 years, 24 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest