In March 2017, I spent two weeks working with two separate ‘apiculteur’ operations in the South of France, a large honey producer operated by Victor Kohut and a queen rearing operation manned by Dr. John Kefuss. I had heard about ‘breeding bees resistant to Varroa’ and thought, ‘I really need to learn this new thing…’… Read more »
Posts By: Peter Brezny
In response to Rusty’s recent varroa mite post (her comment form apparently didn’t like the references included in my reply so I posted it here and sent her a link). Maybe not ‘let mites be mites’ but perhaps ‘let bees be bees’…? Rusty, Thanks for all the things to ponder from this post, you’ve… Read more »
“Beekeeping is now a case where practice has to progress faster than science can document that progress. The emphasis needs to be on removing all treatments as fast as possible, and using Nature’s larger patterns to find a path back to health and resilience.” http://www.resistantbees.com/krise_e.html
Special thanks to Janet Peterson, Beekeeper extraordinaire, of www.cloud9relaxation.com for sharing this information with me: Prodcedure for Submission of Samples for Diagnosis: General Instructions Beekeepers, bee businesses, and regulatory officials may submit samples. Samples are accepted from the United States and its territories; samples are NOT accepted from other countries. Include a short description of… Read more »
Conclusive, real world study shows conclusive neonic damage to bumble bees from the American Chemical Society: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.6b04791 While not so surprising (insecticides kill bees, an insect) it’s great that the American Chemical Society has stepped up and done a real world case study to conclusively prove that neonicotinoids kill bumble bees.