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  1. Not at this stage. There was talk some years ago of approaching plastics recyclers as the recovery process was though to involve high temperatures. However, nothing came of this that I am aware of.
  2. Currently clause 28 of the Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998 requires that any hive discovered to have AFB must be destroyed by burning unless their DECA says otherwise (this would typically be if they had provision in their DECA to paraffin dip woodware at 160C for 10 minutes). It has long been acknowledged by the AFBPMP Management Agency that the burning of plastic frames (and polystyrene in this case) is not ideal, but to the best of my knowledge, no one is currently investigating effective (and more environmentally friendly) alternatives.
  3. Hi all. Just recieved the results this morning. As suspected, the mites were Neocypholaelaps novaehollandiae which are a common pollen feeding mite. Historically cases like this have been reported in the Auckland and Waikato areas as far back as the 1960's. The mites breed on flowers and use bees and butterflies as a means of dispersal. In any case, keep up the good work, this was a false alarm but the next may not be....
  4. Gidday Trisbee I think you are probably looking at neocypholaelaps sp. which are native to NZ and have a known association with bees. Having said that, it is never a good idea to make a diagnosis on the basis of a photo so would appreciate you giving me a call (021 918 400) as I would be keen on getting a sample identified.
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