Talking behind back?? Are you serious?? Writing in a free Internet forum is, to me, NOT talking behind backs.
Who is the beekeeper in the Norwegian study? I would be the first to write him, and maybe visit as well, if I only knew who he is.
Erik does not know. You donīt know. I donīt know.
With this thread Iīm trying to find out who he is.
Today Iīm one step further in this process. The beekeeper of the Norwegian study is not Hans Otto Johnsen.
This much we know now:
"Regarding the resistant bees, our cooperating beekeeper do use 4.9mm cells have some 200 colonies and cooperates with several other beekeepers for breeding (amongst them Hans Otto Johnsen which again cooperates with Erik Østerlund).
To be honest I don't know if cell size is a part of the story. Regarding the literature it is most likely not.
The bees are not super gentle, but can be easily handled with veil and gloves. They are productive and build strong colonies that are good honey producers. They are a mixture of different breeds, but not as yellow as many buckfast breeds.
The beekeepers quit treatment in the late 1990ties and experienced some years with higher losses. However, he did select on surviving colonies and he also challenged the bees with the common small black ants and observed their behavior. Aggressiveness towards the ants was also a selection criteria for some years.
I have taken a lot of bee samples from his colonies and mite levels stay rather low, but this fall I sampled some colonies with at least 10 mites/100 bees. Winter losses are minimal, less than 5% and usually not related to varroa.
His apiaries are not isolated, though he use to mate his queens centrally in his area where his bees probably dominates the drone population."
This information comes from Norway. But they refuse to release his name.