Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions
There have been various professionally conducted ‘treatment free’ studies.
Without spending the day seeking the specifics….if you are interested you should be able to find the documents yourself.
The USDA conducted a number of studies on Primorsky bees…bees that underwent nearly a century of Bond selection and relaxed the decades old restriction on bee imports to allow them into the US.
Small cell….been done…repeatedly. All sorts of breeding concepts….been done. We’ve got Russians, VSH, Minnesota hygienics, New World Carniolans….and the list goes on. Each line is chosen from extensive, professional trials and evaluations.
Heaven knows the CAPS Stationary Hive Project, unintentionally but professionally, demonstrated the effects of the Bond selection in a variety of locations.
I know a couple of professional research entomologists who will tell you that at every bee meeting they attend, beekeepers will come up and insist that they conduct a trial of that particular beekeeper’s varroa solution. Most are hare brained cogitations that haven’t a single toehold in reality.
What other trials do you propose they consume their budgets to conduct?
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson