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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Well, yes and no. The trick is to see how to work with the flow, the 'methods', and the grain of natural selection - to let natural selection do its work and very carefully help it.

    Breeders...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    The complexity and invisibility of natural selection - particularly with honey bees - makes it hard for many to approach. But its there. If you getting working for you it can bring the results you...
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    Sticky: Re: Natural Selection Management

    Hi Grey Goose, yeah, I kinda know all this stuff, but for the reasons I've just outlined I don't go in for it.

    This year has been about swarms flying into baits left around my apiaries BIG TIME....
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    Sticky: Re: Natural Selection Management

    Deleted, accidental repeat
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Absolutely! :)

    Difficult to know quite what to do with them: they are probably infected, and therefore 'carriers'. Taking (clean) genetic material from them - if there is any such thing - might...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Not looking that far (I hope!) ahead! :) If I can make an asset that will help my retirement/save my kids the grim task of looking after me I'll be more than happy!

    Mike (UK)
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    There's not much to say. It is endemic about 3 miles away, and came in. It is notifiable, the bee inspector took samples, they were tested and found to be the local strain; the colonies were killed...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    There is an analogy from nature used to convey the notion that letting things play out in a competitive environment is often a good way to go. It speaks, in various ways, of throwing a handful of...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Its not simplistic. Its just that you can't meet the starting conditions.



    There is no room for doubt. You can't maintain traits unless you can control the breeding inputs.



    How did you...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    There are three features to setting up a tf breeding operation.

    1) get your bees (local feral survivors by far preferably)

    2) run a live and let die routine

    3) repeat as necessary; and...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    OK, so lets clarify:

    First: I haven't done a cut out for about 4 years. I've collected only a handful of swarms each year - though as I point out earlier my own hives often swarm into my baits. ...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Again, I want all my strong hives to be making as many drones as _they choose to_. its not my business to interfere. Doing so may be upsetting a balance that I'm unaware of.

    As things stand I...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    My problem with it is it reduces the drone output from that best queen. I take my drones very seriously. I run unlimited brood nests (like nature does) and some of my big hives make masses and...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Hi Grey Goose,

    I'm _extremely_ cautious about interfering with what I regard as the natural flow of genes. My thinking is rooted in the idea that the best queens must be allowed to do their thing...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Its a fair point. However, a few rallies:

    A) most of the swarms I 'collect' are probably either my own swarms or descendants from swarms that have left my apiaries at some time in the past and...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    I think to make life difficult for EFB while simultaneously breeding toward resistance has to be the way to go. The trick is not to relieve the breeding pressure too much - unless I guess you are...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    (Living together) My swarm fill my empty hives all the time. Right alongside full ones. So often that its clearly the norm.



    (EFB adapted bees have low levels of MP)

    When you're looking at...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    We've made it easier for the disease to spread by doing that, but bees in the wild are happy to move in next door to each other. Not, probably, in nicely aligned identical looking boxes! Yes,...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Thanks, I'll take a look but what I have to contribute might be best suited to the NT forum...



    Or... it may be that a normally easily managed bacterium is meeting bees that have no natural...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Yes, I'll try to get the detail. From what I know they were typical of the area, and especially the hotspot from which my infection is thought to have come.



    I'm not sure things are all that...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    I've just caught up with your woes, Squarepeg, as a result of searching for info about how to deal with my own EFB outbreak. Bad luck, and I hope it all goes well from now on.

    To add to the...
  22. Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    And coming through winter with a large honey crop and a large population to build rapidly is the best possible way take advantage of smaller colonies and dead outs, taking their honey and swarming...
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    Like I said, get stock of the sort you want and go to work on them.

    There you go then.

    A large excess of honey carries a large colony through the winter with give a fantastic advantage in the...
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    For goodness sake! Yes! In commercial stock it will be hard to find resistance genes. In rough feral stock (long exposure to a predatory environment) it will take a while to locate gentler stock. ...
  25. Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Which has no application whatsoever to what 99.9% of beekeepers do. I'm talking about treatment free beekeeping.

    Mike (UK)
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