Re: Treatment Free "Thriving" vs. Treated "Thriving" - Is it Fair to Compare?
Good post Forrest.
And Mike, thanks for getting serious and doing the work, I wanted to see the context.
Unfortunately, the context is hygiene. It is pretty much established now that general hygiene alone is not going to defeat mites. Varroa specific hygiene has a better, but still tenuous chance.
So nothing you have presented backs you claim that "only a few mite resistant patrilines are needed to make a hive mite resistant". And as a breeder, simple and amateurish as my work may be, I have not found your claim to be the true.
Sorry, and I can see how you got confused. But the naked truth is, your claim is unsubstantiated, and does not appear to be in any of the claimed "scientific literature".
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).