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  1. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    All hives in all treatments were requeened with queens produced by Devon Paderewski from a breeder queen in Jim Thorpe, PA in July and August, 2018. The breeder origin were wild bees in a house...
  2. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    The study makes replicates of 4 hives (in each of the 3 managements) at many, many locations. So the total hive count is about 90 in each management, (though current survival is only 42 in the...
  3. Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    The COMB project colocates 12 hives, 4 each in a "Conventional", "Organic Acid" and "Chemical Free" management strategy, at the apiaries of participating beekeepers.

    The COMB project's...
  4. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    Scooby acknowledged that he hasn't been by this thread, said he was busy pouring cement for a "garage/honey house"

    Today's post by the Scoobs' illustrates his major new expansion.

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    Re: Lithium chloride as miticide

    Without a control population, this is not science.
  6. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

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  7. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    Joshua, aka Scooby is on a FB page I admin, this is his most recent update.

    I have asked him to come over and give you a first person update.

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  8. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    The U of P bee lab posted a social media image of mites washed out of a "Chemical Free" hive in the COMB Project this autumn.

    This should make it patently obvious that the at least one of the...
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    Re: Startup Company Making "Super Bees"

    That's because you are not in the biz of selling snake oil to Silicon Valley zillionaires for three million dollars. Come on man, get with the times, everybody is a snake oil salesman now.
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    Re: Startup Company Making "Super Bees"

    Two of the principles in the BeeFlow startup published this paper on Oct 1, 2019.

    Effect of Abscisic Acid (ABA) Combined with Two Different Beekeeping Nutritional Strategies to Confront...
  11. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Nothing illustrates the "Have your cake and eat it too" contradictory nature of so-called Treatment Free theory, than the mutually exclusive and competing claims that 1) Feral bees are better...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    Bravo for your commentary.

    The larger lesson to be learned here: Amateur armchair theorizing should be avoided.

    This appears to be a particular problem within this forum's "TF" community, ...
  13. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Research in Canada indicates this blithely dismissed "typical commercial queens" have greater genetic resilience than "feral" bees, which by in large (in the Canadian data) are compromised and...
  14. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Are you desperate to find a reason to dismiss the utter failure of the TF cohort or what ???

    The researcher, Dr. Underwood, desperately wishes the TF cohort will succeed. It is not from lack...
  15. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    The COMB presentation at Apimondia updated the status of the remaining Treatment Free hives in 2019. After suffering the 80% loss overwinter, the participants were unable to rebuild the TF cohort...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    In natural selection, selection is factored with heritability. Negative selection (most bees die off) is influenced by very low heritability among the "survivors". Queens mate with 20-30...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    Everyone needs an outyard. If you run into neighbor problems, simply move your hives to the outyard. These conflicts escalate, and the beekeeper is (virtually) always the loser.
  18. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

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    Please. Each apiary had sets of 12 hives, sets of 4 each in each of the 3 treatments. Please don't confound your ignorance in your rush to slag on science.

    All colonies were...
  19. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I suggest you read the protocol and first year report, rather than just shotgunning objections.
    For instance:
    1) Apiaries were in two states and many locations, 2) hives were among 27...
  20. Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Antonio Diaz Catarino was acquitted on all charges in a jury trial held at Kings County Superior Court (Hanford, Ca), August 19-21, 2019. I have no detail on the defenses presented to the jury that...
  21. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    EFB is classically considered a disease that manifests itself in weak and compromised hives, and often resolves spontaneously when hive nutrition improves and the underlying cause of the weakness is...
  22. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    I don't permit myself to engage in endless online debates. So I will end it here.
    Selection of traits **is** evolutionary change. The important perspective to notice, is bees are loathe to...
  23. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    One important characteristic of the genus Apis to remember is that it is a microscopic branch of the order Hymenoptera. True social insects are exceptionally rare, and have no evolutionary...
  24. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The "fixed idea" that diseases will naturally evolve to "less virulent" forms is a fundamental error.

    Dr. Stephen Martin has shown, in the case of DWV transmitted by Varroa, the **exact...
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    Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    I get CBPV in overwintered hives the 3rd summer or so. The bees crowd on the bottom board, and tumble off on to the ground in a heap. They die just inches from the bottom board by the thousands. ...
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