NZ Beekeepers Forum
We are developing PCR for AFB as a fast diagnostic tool for screening large numbers of hives As part of this research programme we have been looking for a commercial beekeeper with an AFB problem. We have not found anybody yet, so we thought we would also try a different approach to the project as well. We are interested in hearing from either commercial or hobby beekeepers who have an apiary containing at least 10 hives where they have just found one or more AFB hives but have yet to destroy them.
Tutin is a very real issue for the honey industry and the reputation of our product as safe. The Bee Products Standard Council with support of government and the industry is raising awareness of the risks from tutin so that everyone knows their legal obligations and where to find information.
Over the coming summer season there will be a series of papers circulated via industry organisations, associations and beekeeper clubs on tutin and the risk it poses.
Cristian submitted a new resource:
Control of Varroa: A Guide for New Zealand Beekeepers has been published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as part of its on-going assistance to the New Zealand beekeeping
industry following the recent discovery of this important new honey bee pest.
The guide aims to give beekeepers the practical tools they will need to minimise the effects of varroa while continuing to produce wholesome bee products and provide vital pollination services.
The guide reviews the world literature on...
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