Re: Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive
Welcome Sarah. Thanks for the opportunity to interact w/ your project. I don't see the correlation between hive design and colony health.
I would find it interesting if you designed a 21st Century Hive and it came to look just like what we already have. That would be something.
As a Commercial Beekeeper, conventional Langstroth Hives design works well for both bees and beekeepers. Other designs work well for those who choose them. Or, w/ experience, they may find that they don't work that well for them and changes in style/design occur for those individuals. As we can see by those different hive designs currently in use there is no one size fits all.
Best of luck w/ your project. Please let us know how it goes. Thanks.
Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."