Re: An Option Towards Developing Treatment-Free Bees
The question is, if you want to be treatment free, can you do that without 'survivor' colones? 'Managed' bees tend to be treatment-addicted bees; 'survivors', by definition are not. If you can buy resistant queens and requeen your whole treatment-addicted apiary fine, and if you can steadily raise resistance in your own bees fine - lots seem to find this hard, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Bringing in resistant genes from 'survivor' colonies offers a valuable contribution to the effort to go (properly) treatment free for those of us unable to source bred resistant bees.
Originally Posted by Dominic
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