Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?
This is the Dutch Brown bee, a branch of Mellifera. Stating that A.m. mellifera are exceptionally predisposed to brood diseases is an understatement. They have a number of beneficial adaptions including exceptionally good wintering, always producing a crop of honey, and phenomenal buildup in spring. You can talk about how fast Carnica builds up in spring, but in comparison with Mellifera, they are almost standing still.
If you read some of Brother Adam's earlier writing, you will encounter A.m. Mellifica which was an early appellation applied to honeybees. There was quite a stink over this name as the Latin meaning has to do with the "honey carrying bee". The problem is that bees do not transport honey, they carry nectar. The nomenclature was changed about 1930 (I'm not sure of the exact date) leaving older publications with mellifica and newer with mellifera.
There is no misunderstanding. Read the history of the disease. Read about the number of beekeepers wiped out by it over the years. Your post comes across as someone who has never dealt with brood disease. When you have experienced it and know what it can do, you will be able to comment. For right now, you are like a man standing on the rim of Mount St. Helens just before it erupted 40 years ago.
there could be misunderstanding about AFB being a terrible disease.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest