as a correction the Keffus rig is made out of foam insulation not wood and is a single piece.
One rip cut in to a strip (4'-8'), one dato pass to cut the channel. No need to cut slots for the cell cup/holder to slide in it just presses into the foam Makes a lot very fast View attachment 53815
Juhani:On Monday 4th of May there was for the first time this spring pollen from willow coming in.
If you don't mind me asking, I am curious as to your objectives for the importation of the Central European stock? I assume you had a very specific purpose for bringing these genetics in?
Juhani:Josef Koller wanted to give me 2 queens. Both one drone inseminations made in their VSH breeding project.
Bernhard:Eynard, S.E.; Sann, C.; Basso, B.; Guirao, A.; Le Conte, Y.; Servin, B.; Tison, L.; Vignal, A.; Mondet, F. Descriptive Analysis of the Varroa Non-reproduction Trait in Honey Bee Colonies and Association with Other Traits Related to Varroa Resistance. Preprints 2020, 2020070166 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0166.v1).
...consistently expressed regardless of mite load, suggesting that the mites themselves may be contributing to the reduced reproductive success:
In our study, we accounted for colony dynamics, colony management, and location of the hives, none of which significantly impacted MNR. Mite infestation in the brood cells and on adult bees did not affect the MNR trait either. This corresponds with the observations of different authors, stating that the link between MNR and mite infestation levels is not universal.[/I]
I misunderstood. My bad.I have been advertising a lot Arista Foundation work, here in BS too, telling for instance about their VSH tests.
BUT: Is it actually MNR (mite non reproduction) tests they are doing?
Juhani:MNR is a rather static factor, which does not change very much and is affected (mainly) by mites?
Are you sure MNR has replaced SMR???While I will readily admit my limited-understanding on the subject, I believe the main impetus of the change in acronyms from SMR to MNR...[/I]
Meaning commercially available queens, I suppose.To date, no breeding programs aiming at obtaining resistant honey bees have produced commercially available colonies.
I read the link. They appear to be saying their bees are only slightly resistant to varroa, and that buyers at best can expect to use one less treatment per year. It is a little hard to understand the language.Meaning commercially available queens, I suppose.
Well... packagebeeseurope.com is producing some 50 000 a year, here some Lunden bees and VSH bees:
:thumbsup:I read the link. They appear to be saying their bees are only slightly resistant to varroa, and that buyers at best can expect to use one less treatment per year.
Yes correct, have been since 2008. Years 2001-2008 diminishing treatment (1 OAD/ autumn, year 2001 35ml -> year 2008 3ml)You are 100% TF, correct? Could you give me an idea what you consider the most important factors in maintaining live hives? You must have posted this in the past but I wonder if you can sum it up.