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

    That doesn't exist, as evolution is a thing, and varroa will inevitable evolve to counter anything we breed or build-in. But relying on outmoded, scientifically improbable methods is not the...
  2. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    They have failed in the sense that we have not yet used them to generate a new strain of European bee with meaningful resistance to varroa, especially when compared with the degree of success reached...
  3. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Given the general trends we see in nature, far more likely outcomes than emergence of a resistance gene in bees are:


    Adaptation of varroa to bees, leading to the emergence of a less pathogenic...
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    Re: What to ask at allergy Dr

    My perspective (as an immunologist, but not a medical professional).


    Wasp venom is completely unlike bee venom, so sensitivity to one does not indicate sensitivity to the other.
    If you've...
  5. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Wow, that study makes two false claims in just its abstract. Makes you wonder if the authors even bothered reading the literature before they wrote it...or if they've ever picked up an introductory...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    This thread has gone in an...odd direction. FWIW, I'm a medical researcher whose research includes evolution of the immune system and some microbiota stuff, so this is somewhat my "wheelhouse".
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    I wasn't; I was talking about evolution, of which adaptation is one small part.


    Picking a new organ as a goal post is an odd choice for "new" evolution. Lots of traits that require something new...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    By whom? Scientists have been measuring the speed of evolution for over a century and have a pretty good idea of how fast it goes. New traits can emerge (or old traits disappear) in a small handful...
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    Re: Moving beehives across the yard

    I do a variation on Michaels branch method (I move the whole hive in one go, rather than the staged approach he describes - I also use single deeps, so box order and weight are not an issue) and its...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    You are confounding "radiation" and "radioactive". Radioactive things - e.g. reactors, etc - release radiation. They exhibit a half -life - e.g. how long it takes before the radioactive item releases...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    They use gamma rays or beta radiation; gamma rays are simply high-energy light and therefore cannot persist (they are absorbed by the seeds and the surrounding container). Beta particles (high-energy...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    Mutagenesis is you nail the seeds with a s***-ton of radiation or mutagenic chemical (usually to the point where 60-70% of the seeds die), grow out the mutants that survive, and then try to cross out...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    There is nothing natural about the way that our current non-GMO crops and livestock have been bread. You'd be hard pressed to find anything on your table, farm or even backyard garden that doesn't...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    Exactly. We've grown both GMO (from KWS) and non-GMO sugar beets on our farm* and have had cases of GMO beets growing from spillage in non-GMO fields. Not only did KWS not give a ****, they helped...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    I was unable to find any legitimate documentation showing this to be the case - e.g. court filings or reports from non-activist sources. I challenge you to provide links to the relevant court...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    That was then case (the patent has aged out). However, Monsanto doesn't own the resultant seeds (e.g. the farmer can still sell them for feed/etc), nor can Monsanto sue them for having the genetics...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    Most of the stuff reported on by the reporter wasn't even transgenics (genes moved from one organism to another), but rather gene editing (where existing genes are rendered inactive).


    Almost...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    Thing is, this never happened. In both cases where Monsanto sued farmers (Bowman and Schmeiser), the farmers had knowingly and deliberately planted and propagated patented seeds without paying the...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I don't. I'm attaching a vacuum line to the pot (to the port where the weight normally sits) and using that to create a weak vacuum. If you release the pressure quickly (by pulling the vacuum line...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I sell mine in mason jars, and about half my customers expect the lids to be sealed when they buy them. It also prevents leaks during transport. Using the pressure cooker as a vacuum chamber takes...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I don't know about that item, and it looks like it goes in place of the normal lid, so it may not be what you want.

    That said, it is very easy to seal mason jars without heating - assuming you...
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    Re: MAQS on single deep hive

    Double strip on a single deep, as per the manufacture's instructions for a full-dose treatment.
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    Re: MAQS on single deep hive

    I treat in the spring prior to adding a super, and haven't had any issues. For this treatment I target when the hive is getting close to needing a super (e.g. I know it is healthy and the queen is...
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    Re: question for canadian beeks

    FWIW, I've dealt with Dancing Bee extensively and they have been nothing other than professional, helpful and quick to fix the one mistake they made in an order.
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    Two resource hive questions

    I recently built a resource hive which I am planning on using to raise replacement queens, make brood/resources to transfer to other hives, and to over-winter some smaller colonies as a hedge against...
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