This Is my first post. I am an amateur beekeeper and an academic researcher. My field is microbiology but I recently had an idea that would improve the use of milk as a pollen substitute. I am new to this forum and, despite sifting through the massive amount of information, so far I haven’t been able to locate threads that address my problem. Please, feel free to address me to existing threads.
OK, here is my problem. There is published evidence that the milk sugars can be toxic to honeybees and I say that I can make milk safer even when fed in high quantities. I further say that milk is superior to soy flour and yeast extract because it does not contain solids which are detrimental to honeybees’ intestine. And this is where the whole hell brakes lose, because the reviewers tell me that this is not scientifically proven. Technically, I have to concede that I couldn’t find anything in the scientific literature proving that honeybees’ intestine cannot easily handle solids especially when they cannot take cleansing flights. And, yet, many of us know that this is the case.
The reviewers also tell me that protein feeding is not necessary on the ground that honeybees are perfectly happy with sucrose syrup, which not only goes against actual experience, logics and thermodynamics but also against current published experimental evidence (DeGrandi-Hoffman, Alaux etc etc). In other words when the experimental evidence is lacking, it is absolutely required, whereas, when it is available, it is irrelevant. Go figure! They also told me that my 2.0 line-long, vague, incidental statement that varroa plays a role in CCD is false … but I digress!
The reviewers admitted that my preliminary data are rock solid and that there is no question that I would be able to complete the project *IF* my postulates were true (but, according to them, they aren’t). So my next idea would be to tackle the problem by saying that, despite the lack of “scientific” evidence, it is known that solids are not optimal pollen subs and, thus the need for the use of milk.
Any comment, pointer, idea, experience, greenbee manifesto … anything would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your time.