>It is easy to make such speculations. If you can demonstrate this somehow…please do so.
You can't breed for fast race horses if you never let them race. You can't breed for bees that can survive mites if you never let them survive mites. You can't bree for mites that can live in harmony with the bees without treatments if you keep treating. It doesn't take much to figure that out.
>>I've also been saying we need less virulent mites (as have many others) for years now.
>Yes…and I’ve been saying for years that we need fewer mites. So that makes you and I speakers of the obvious. It hardly makes either of us visionaries.
There is a marked difference between simply wanting less mites and breeding mites that are less virulent. If you keep treating you are selecting for mites that are able to reproduce fast enough to keep up with your treatments and mites that resist your treatments. But no, it does not make me a visionary. Many people have seen that we need a parasite that is in balance with its host.