Why not use their survivor traits in breeding attempts?
And funny thing is, I quoted the scientific reserch group of Jürgen Tautz which observes the ferals. They seem to think the same as I and no beekeepers seem to have a problem with this, at least I see no protesting in the bee journal articles.
There are no communities without parasites.Symbiosis is a term usually employed to describe a relationship which is mutually beneficial to both organisms. How does the presence or behaviour of the Varroa mite ever benefit the Honey-Bee ?
But with the treatments and the unnatural husbandry we disturb the communities.
The book scorpion chelifer cancroides, for example, probably lives with the honey bees in community since the beginning of time, it feeds on the parasites of the bees and was always present until the long-term treatments began and the mobile frame hives were introduced.
The symbiosis takes place over these communities and builds up again and again on new parasites, which takes many generations.
It is not very clear and tested how the artificial chemicals and management affect the bee colony.
Bees make their own antibiotics, propolis, it is not welcome in the hives.
Bees eat fungi, honey and other organisms that they need for intestinal hygiene, beekeepers methods of hygiene and medicines kills the helpful life.
The honey is harvested and replaced with artificial food, also frightening is that this artificial food for the bees is healthier today than their natural diet through agriculture with their sprays.
Bees communicate via fragrances and pheromones, which are strongly influenced by essential oils and are disturbed for hours or even days with every hive check or change of hive configuration.
So what if this is the key to tf beekeeping? It is never tested over years with many colonies except with the feral hives in isolated areas which developed into resistant bee stock being left on their own.
So beekeeping management or trait? I read herer about swarm prevention menagement all the time so swarm urge is present in domesticated colonies too.Naturally nesting colonies stay smaller, rear less brood and swarm frequently, all of which reduces the reproductive potential of Varroa mites. Beekeepers, however, usually prevent swarming and provide unnaturally spacious hives, resulting in large colonies with continuous brood rearing activity
https://peerj.com/articles/4602/Although feral honey bee colonies can be a rich source for studying the natural interaction of honey bees with the forest environment (Seeley, 1985) and they can represent an important reservoir of genetic diversity