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

    Yes, my paired experiment used two apiaries on the same mountain about a mile apart. I reversed the apiaries from time to time to avoided a "particular" site effect. Reversing the apiaries did...
  2. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I ran a paired TF vs Treated apiary test for many years (2002-2018). Collapse in the TF portion was 60-80% year after year. The Treated portion hovered around 20%. (One wiggle feature, I...
  3. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    So you will conclude that TF hives died in abundance in 2018-2019, and mite counts in the remaining TF hives are "high" in the autumn of 2019, while treated hives had low overwinter mortality and...
  4. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I don't know if folks are being willfully dense.

    The strength of a replicated side-by-side experimental design is that it "controls" for all the hypothesized influences.

    A replicate is 12...
  5. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Yes, bees have 99 problems, but in this one study, that ain't one of them. 12 hives were set up side by side in about two dozen apiaries. 4 hives in each set were treated with "Apivar and...
  6. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Michael,
    Your business model is "talking story" to guillible newbees that lap up the triumphalist accounts.

    Perhaps this no where better illustrated than in the "COMB" study where the field...
  7. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    The COMB study tested side by side management. The "untreated" hives died in huge numbers, the treated hives survived. Yet we have the TF folks hijacking the thread with all sorts of completely...
  8. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    The "triumphalism" of beating mites in South Africa by a "Bond let die" approach is not borne out by more recent surveys in South Africa.

    The 2009-11 survey (done years after the Allsop claim...
  9. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    This is likely true, More than 20 alleles have been identified (I believe the number is 48 in the latest genomic studies).

    The likelihood of a heterozygous queen's offspring of duplicating 48...
  10. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    This statement irritates me. Bees are outcrossing and "homogenize" very, very quickly. This is the "sine qua non" of their success as a species. Marla Spivak has studied this process and...
  11. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    The test apiaries are colocated with pre-existing private apiaries, and the participants are drawn from the three treatment groups. Until the results are published (and perhaps not even then) we...
  12. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    When I ran my paired TF vs. Treated experiment (I stopped in frustration in 2018), I used VSH F1 queens from a VP Queens II VSH breeder. I think VP Queens is about as pure, direct from Baton...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  18. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

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  19. 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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  20. 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...
  23. 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, ...
  25. 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...
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