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    Looking for bees with a bad case of nosema A or C. On the west coast would be great.Commercially ran bees.
    Thanks for any input. Keith
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    Default Re: Nosema

    I smell a silver bullet
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    I can tell you tuesday night doing test for myself and rwo commercial guys......
    George Brenner @ www.valleyhoneyco.com
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    Default Re: Nosema

    GB, you using the baggie method?
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    Keith, I am using the process that Randy Oliver taught me. Take 40-50 foragers off the entrance in the afternoon. then freezing over night. In a plastic baggie I put 40 bees and 40 cc of water. Crush up using a quart jar( rolling back and forth) on the baggie then putting a drop on the slide and allowing a minute or two to settle. Is this what you were refering to by the baggie method? I am taking my micro scope out to a comml friends place in the morning. Will be interesting to see what happens. Take care GB
    Last edited by G B; 10-31-2011 at 09:42 PM. Reason: clarification
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    Keith I have checked the bees from 3 different beeks and nobody seems to have a problem , hard to believe but almost no spores at all. will check the bees again in another month.
    George Brenner @ www.valleyhoneyco.com
    Mesa, AZ

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    Thanks GB, I am am still looking. Randy is doing some testing for me in a Nosema controlled environment, but I really like to test 400-500 hives in a "real environment" setting, just like commercial keeper would place hives. Randy's test is a important first step.
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