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  1. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    I mean, I don't care to be an "official participant" in anything (gotta kids to feed, not to play popular science games).
    I got promising feral stocks from outside, do the hard Bond/Darwinian/Mad...
  2. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    The cost is stupid low, indeed.
    Once I finally have enough equipment built-up to manage 20 unit program - it will be much less busy too (hopefully for the next season).
    All equipment is from the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    When done with my end of the 2019 season rounds, will probably put up some detailed report of the unique sites/colonies - just for the fun of it.
    So then we see how they do in the winter (and the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Finally, got to look inside the Zombee hive since I need that hive badly (this one).
    52005
    52007

    Well, that worthless pile crap:
    - did not harvest much of late crop even (a bunch of bees and...
  5. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Trying as we speak.
    :)
  6. Thread: Hive Repairs

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    Re: Hive Repairs

    Your bees already have the nest configured for the horizontal setting (give their normal setting back to them as soon as possible).
    If you wait until spring, now you are forcing the bees to...
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    Re: Foamboard cutting tip

    Serrated bread knife.
    Has many good uses.
    Cutting foam board is one of them.
    Easily replaceable for cheap too (if worried of going dull).
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    Re: Nuc Hive Box Size

    As for me, this is not a nuc.
    This is full blown hive (but a small hive with all the positive/negative features).

    Mobility of the unit is an essential parameter - if it is to be called a nuc.
    I...
  9. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Even more related (about "phenotypic plasticity"):
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4979717/
  10. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Then provide a reliable "white box" every agrees upon, with no more doubts and questions left.
    The last, the final, and no more research left to do.
    And do it fast.
  11. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    If proper cost is charged proportionally against your pollution - such talks will reduce.

    In fact, the marginal cost of pollution should curve up (just like the taxation).
    So - the pollution...
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    Re: A question about feeding

    Another feeding option:
    - let it crystallize all way (so it is thick as in "thick paste").
    - you can feed with the thick honey just the same (similar to the hard sugar feed)
    - place the thick...
  13. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    I don't see old comb being a problem here.
    Not significant anyway.
    Suburban lawns represent no good pastures and not attractive (exactly due to 2-4d).

    Whatever I dont harvest by C&S will go...
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    To be sure - I was weekly or so in that exact yard in May-June (the swarm season).
    No way I was going to loose my #1 queen.
    As well as the #1 queen must working to the max to my advantage - so that...
  15. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    +100.
    General pollution control is an actionable item and really requires no fighting and arguing about.
    It is a real and obvious problem to resolve.
    Many positive side-affects
    - including the...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Sure.
    Only makes sense.
    The proportional representation of N in the soil is also important.
    Too much N available (with respect to K) - will hurt the root crops (they just go into the green mass)....
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Forget Gurney.
    Generic junk.
    I have wasted enough time in this department; here are my better choices now days.
    :)

    Good source #1.
    Go here:
    https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/search.aspx...
  18. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Now that - who are we to definitely state if something has failed?
    OR succeeded?
    I am of the opinion that "black box" methods do work.
    No need to get hang over the internal mechanics and labels...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    But do realize, to get to the MC-type feed, bees do not need to break cluster OR cross a cold barrier.
    Bees naturally slowly drift upwards as a cluster and eventually hit the ceiling (at which point...
  20. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    And this is kinda my point. :)

    Really, the mentality of the highly productive congested feed lot is the more basic and general problem (very high parasite susceptibility is only one episode of...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    Yep; we all carry some of the dinosaur genes in us.
    In fact, we all carry much, much more ancient genes in us, originating 2-3 billions of years back - the very basics of life did not change....
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Just yesterday I visited a 3-unit yard so I could move a colony into a better equipment for the winter.
    The last visit prior was 8/18/2019 - two months.

    Bees are fine, if a little light on the...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Well, I am a black currant guy.
    Got a hold of few Old World varieties (as sweet as grapes).
    Need to propagate more of these (should have time now that I decided to drop out of the community...
  24. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Here is a related read:


    http://nautil.us/issue/63/horizons/why-the-earth-has-fewer-species-than-we-think
  25. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Let me remind you, MSL, the honey harvested from those few bee trees is marketed at about 3-4 times the generic, industrial honey.
    They are always sold out.
    More is not better.
    Bigger is not...
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