Re: Less interest on bee source?
Max, On the scientific issue. I have seen links to a few studies on diseases posted here. I would have to go looking for them again though. Other than that I don't have much of a feel for how much research is even going on. I would think that there should be a fair amount of professional writings on honey bees I just don't see them discussed much here. In fact I also grow Tobacco as a hobby and belong to two internet groups on that topic. I see research type papers listed all the time. In fact several universities publish a paper every year that contains just about everything you could want to know about growing it. it breaks down yields from last year. cost of tilling, pest control and fertilizing. makes recommendation on what to grow etc. just a ton of information. It would be great to have something like that for beekeeping.
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