Re: Why haven't we put together groups of beekeepers to breed mite resistant bees?
This is the crux of the matter.
it is better to focus on the bees that outproduce them, year after year.
1. Commercial beekeepers have genetics that meet their operational needs and don't want to give them up
2. Hobbyist and sideliner beekeepers want to maintain production and won't compromise for lower production even though they gain mite resistance
3. Beginners have very little knowledge of bees to start with and mostly wind up purchasing susceptible genetics
4. There is a strong perception that all mite resistant bees have serious flaws that prevent use in commercial operations.
5. For the beekeepers who want to develop mite resistance, there is a huge "not enough time in the day" barrier to doing the hard work involved in soft bond.
6. Beekeepers like me using mite resistance instead of treatments have few choices for mite resistant queens.
7. Which brings us back where we started, lots of beekeepers want mite resistant queens but nobody has time and chutzpa to breed them.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest