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BJC last won the day on February 12 2018

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  1. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/antarctic-greenland-ice-melt-less-bad/ emphasis on less bad
  2. What did you do for your pollen test?
  3. Certainly there are signs of major horticultural entities looking to partner with reliable beekeepers for the pollination of clover and other vegetables. Discussions recently have suggested that farmers diversifying are more inclined to enter long term relationships to get their commodities pollinated and have evicted the short term Manuka chasers who are never there when the pollination is required.
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    Monthly Meeting at the Pakowhai Community Hall Pakowhai Road, Pakowhai at 7 pm to 8 pm. The usual agenda with what we should be doing this month, whats going on around the district and a discussion regarding this years honey competition and next years weekend workshop. See you there.
  5. Flight cancelled no trip South and lots of civil defense action on the Westcoast I understand. 5mm of rain in two day here.
  6. Happy to take the lot but I might regret that when I visit Westport on Tuesday that is if I dont get blown out of the sky with the expected winds
  7. Hot and dry here we could desperately do with some of your rain from down south. 29 degrees on the Eastern Verandah this afternoon with the promise of more hot weather to come, no rain forecast for the next ten days.
  8. The USA had great difficulties with genetic diversity in relative recent times, we were fortunate to have met Megan Taylor a PhD student who had participated in identifying the demise of genetic diversity in the Queen breeding population relatively recently. The research looked at the comparison of USA genes compared to old world bees, the decline was massive and extremely serious leading to the import of germplasm from old world bees to inseminate local queens. Her earlier studies concluded "Although we tried to sample as many queen producers as possible, we were limited to the major queen producers of the western United States. Being able to sample other queen producers from around the country (the southeast in particular) would provide a more complete picture of the diversity. Secondly, there are several countries that currently have honey bees to support their agricultural system, yet these honey bees were not native. Assessing levels of genetic diversity of honey bees from other countries where honey bees are not native (Australia, Canada, Chile, Brazil, etc…) would provide additional knowledge of the genetic diversity of honey bees globally. How would these countries compare to the diversity of honey bees in the United States? Could the incorporation of Old World germplasm improve their stocks? There are many new questions left to be answered." https://projects.sare.org/project-reports/gw14-011/
  9. That's the difference I guess my staples didn't absorb moisture but I would have thought that would have reduced the efficacy of the OA. I haven't been happy with the moisture in the hive but haven't noticed any detrimental effects
  10. Interesting you say that, I have only one hive that has over wintered in the dampest conditions under the shadow of a very large poplar tree. I lifted the hive mat and was concerned at the levels of condensation under the lid, this hive is a folly that we beginners sometimes make, a full depth box with a 3/4 depth of honey over winter. So now it has two 3/4 depths and a full depth with an intention to transition to 3/4 depth to support the transition to old age. The last couple of days I have been moving it meter by meter into the sun but I have to say it hasn't missed a beat with OA autumn and spring treatments but it is only one hive and cant form any conclusions. There is not much around here over winter although the farmers around here are getting lazier and there is more growth of native trees that may support the bees earlier in the season.
  11. I don't quite understand all the hype that is being generated here. You have an experienced beekeeper willing to share his ideas on OA, spend sometime and money developing a variety of prototype strips that we now call staples. He is conducting a carefully run trial to satisfy MPI of the treatment regime he has found successful, oh and he is prepared to help anyone who asks on how to use it, and how he mixes his OA and Glycerine. Many of us have given it a go, mixed are own, made our own staples, bought staples from someone else, got someone else to make us a brew to our specs. Some of us have had great results and others what may be called disasters. Give Phil a bit of space to get on with his trials in the knowledge that he will share his results when their ready to made public. As far as I am concerned he doesn't owe anyone anything.
  12. The National Botanical Gardens of Wales has extensive DNA profiles of Honey and Pollen https://botanicgarden.wales/science/saving-pollinators/honey-bee-foraging-2/
  13. Understand all that but included in their findings where the impacts of OA ingestion. I thought it was food for thought and I have used the staples as recommended in 14 hives and they are in great condition right now, 11 out of 14 hadn't chewed the staples.
  14. Perhaps the answer is in one of the research papers Alastair provided "OAD is one of the most important organic acids used for the control of V. destructor. It is indispensable but must be dosed precisely and applied as seldom as possible to prevent sublethal damages which eventually lead to the loss of bees. Long disposition in the bee hive can cause accumulation of the acid and therefore induce further damage." Perhaps this is the reason there are some losses rather than the bees have an unhealthy disposition.
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