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    Stans ~ Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, .... and the rest of the "stans" (few more countries).
    No one hardly talks about beekeeping in these countries as if this is some "inconvenient truth" of sorts.

    Afghanistan has the western most confirmed population of A. cerana.
    Tajikistan is an adjacent county to the North.

    I was looking at this presentation here and found it amusing somewhat in that the author of the web page was trying to teach to how properly keep bees to the local crowd (I only guess, per the pictures).
    Meanwhile, these folks will just continue doing whatever they have been doing, and probably for the better.
    They seem oblivious of the Western issues, including the Varroa, all the while their bees probably covered in mites - again, I can only guess.
    Maybe some resistant bees are right in front of everyone, just being ignored.
    Or maybe they truly have no mites just yet.
    I have no idea either way, but the area seems a white spot and maybe a diamond in the rough.

    http://outdoorplace.org/photogallery...beekeeping.htm

    Just more of related stuff:
    https://www.oie.int/doc/ged/D11452.PDF
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    In the BuckfastImker (Magazin for the European buckfast breeders) there was an article from Kazakstan, near Altai mountains, I think the writer was Geert van Eizenga. He is a beekeeping consult travelling around the world and doing project works.
    http://rug.academia.edu/GeertVanEizenga

    Meda bees from Eastern Iran, near Afganistan border, have been used in breeding in Europe because of their varroa resistance.

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    Thanks for the tip.
    Turns out, A. m. meda has the mite resistance too.
    Inconveniently, global politics get in a way.

    https://www.scholarsresearchlibrary....destructor.pdf

    They are even talking how the Carni-mutts are compatible or maybe better in the mite resistance than the local bee.

    http://www.entomoljournal.com/archiv.../4-5-1-495.pdf
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    Interesting how everywhere people can't afford to treat they don't seem to have Varroa problems...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Interesting how everywhere people can't afford to treat they don't seem to have Varroa problems...
    Adapted to the US: the less money you spend on the bees, the better off you are. Ideally - $0. Hehe.


    Afgan beekeepers remain largely unaware of diseases and parasitic mites, their recognition and control, and this lack of knowledge will cause further disease spread.
    Heard this before.
    Westerners just don't get it - leave Afganistan alone and everyone will be better off (including the bees).
    Be it politics, beekeeping, or whatever.
    Last edited by GregV; 11-15-2018 at 12:32 PM.
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    Here is a very cool video of beekeeping in some Arab location.
    This should be another eye opener:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8IN3VeILaQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Interesting how everywhere people can't afford to treat they don't seem to have Varroa problems...
    I didn't see that anywhere in the photo essay. I saw some guys standing in front of boxes.

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