I deal with patents relatively regularly but they are mechanical in nature. When it comes to chemicals it's a whole different ball game. How does it interact with anything else it might come into contact with? What are the long term risks to human as well as insect? Just thinking about the "what if" tests that would need to be run to get a US patent and reasonable insurance makes my skin grow cold.The article indicates that the process is in the patent stage and that industry partners will be required to further develop a marketable product. My question is how long does this tie up the release of an effective product that we might safely use?
Fully agreed. However, oxalic acid naturally occures in honey and the hive yet there's no USDA approval for using it to treat mites. Loaded term or not, OA and this drone brood scent compound are chemicals. Someone is going to have to have a financial incentive (ie profit)to get this approved and going. Considering it will be around food that's meant for human consumption testing (possibly substantial) must occur. If money can't be made getting it approved it's not getting off the ground.The term "chemicals" in this context may a bit of a loaded term, since these compounds occur naturally in the hive, ie the scent of drone brood, similar to how drone brood removal works for Varroa mitigation.