that's good info nancy. many thanks.
a lot of meat and potatoes in this thread, and not much garnish. to be honest i could use a little garnish right about now.
an excerpt from an email i wrote to a collaborating scientist:
'It’s early, but after a couple of weeks or so with oxytet I’m seeing healthier larvae and a higher percentage of brood getting capped.
The outbreak occurred at the peak of the population curve and short worker longevity. In just a few weeks time the colonies dwindled from 2 - 3 ten frame Langs worth of bees to barely a few deep frames of bees becaue the brood disease stopped the next generation of workers from coming on line. They are even smaller now, almost not worth saving, but it’s a learning process for me.
I figure I’ve lost about 1500 lbs. of potential honey crop, 20 nucs promised for sale this year, and now have a dozen deeps and a couple of dozen supers of drawn comb I’m trying to salvage.
I’m cherry picking the boxes/frames I am washing and bleaching to the ones that I can get the honey and beebread out of.
I can imagine how the anaerobes just might survive for a very long time at the bottom of a cell containing wet beebread, or at the bottom of a honey cell.
I’ll send samples to Beltsville with that in mind and let them see how many months the bacteria survives there."