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  1. For those that didn't go to conference, the presentations are now available on line: http://apicultureconference2019.co.nz/presentations/ The Science program goes from the presentation of Sarah Cross through to Max Burton. There are further talks in the AFB session and on viruses/pathogens
  2. You can always attend the conference and register just for the day. The restriction on attendance is that its part of a conference - all of which have costs
  3. Looks like it will be a good AFB session at the conference then. Yes, a talk is planned on the dog detections - as well as a demonstration. Who is planning to go to conference then?? [JM]
  4. Industry has little say in what is funded now. As there is no co-funding available from industry, then researchers need to apply for their own funding and can make their own claims in a research proposal. That said, the issues raised with chelifers above are exactly what Plant and Food believe they can overcome. There is a plan for this group to see what might be coordinated with Zespri, as Scolypopa also costs the kiwifruit industry as well. But @milkandhoney - they are not *our* research funds (ie industry's) [JM]
  5. [JM] Yes, Plant and Food in Lincoln have been successful in obtaining substantial funds to investigate a different way of housing chelifers/pseudo-scorpions in the hive, such that they can be maintained at an effective level in the hive. From the Endeavour fund details: We will develop self-sustaining predator-prey ecosystem within honey bee hives to provide long-term control of varroa mites and their associated viruses. Virus-vectoring varroa mites are a threat to apiculture world-wide. Reducing varroa infestation levels results in healthier bees by reducing the viral load of the honey bee colony. Current chemical controls lack long-term viability because varroa develop resistance to the treatments and may leave undesirable residues in honey. Our smart idea is to develop sustainable biocontrol of varroa by creating an artificial ecosystem inside hives that facilitates population suppression of varroa by the generalist predator, Chelifer cancroides. We’ve shown that when correctly positioned and protected, chelifer adults actively feed on varroa without harming bees, but disappear from the hive when food runs out. Our novel ecosystem approach includes booklice which feed on bee detritus and sustain the chelifers when varroa densities are low. We will model the biological requirements of each member of the ecosystem (bees, chelifers, booklice, varroa, and viruses), and develop specially-designed modular structures for fitting into standard hives to provide habitat for the chelifers and booklice. We will optimise internal hive designs to maximise chelifer efficacy and reduce viral load on bees, thus creating a new ecological balance beneficial to the bees. The systems will be validated under real-world field conditions in commercial beekeeping operations. Success of the chelifer system will allow for chemical control of varroa to be replaced with a sustainable control option in hives worldwide. The insights gained in using the artificial ecosystem approach will have application elsewhere for addressing other pest problems that have proved impossible to overcome at present.
  6. For those interested in the science sessions at this year's conference in Rotorua, there will be talks on viruses that target AFB, varroa monitoring methods and assessment of different treatments, the latest on the biocontrol for Giant Willow Aphid, bumblebees for pollination and more. There will also be science talks on new methods for AFB detection later in the conference as well as talks on bee viruses and pathogens with @JohnF (also convening the science session) and Richard Hall from the MPI Bee Pathogen program. More at: http://apicultureconference2019.co.nz/science/ and the program is attached [JM] Science-Programme-2019-2.pdf
  7. Fair enough comment @Bushy that it is not just research involved with the levy . . . but as the letter was written by the chair of the science group (and former president of NBA), I think its equally fair that it focused on that aspect. It is also from someone - like you - who can put this in a wider historical context ie was around when the last levy came in and then disappeared
  8. And here's the article - couldn't get the image to upload properly. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/dfc9bc102b10a4fca45b59bc8/files/0f25be82-cb96-4a57-a5af-bf9403c24d1f/Barry_Foster_letter_to_editor_FINAL.pdf
  9. The attached article was written by Barry Foster (BF on these posts and also char of the ApiNZ Science & Research group). An interesting comment on the timing of the last levy. And if you don't like the article, well then I've attached the Gisborne Herald crossword for you. . . [JM]
  10. if you have a look at the ApiNZ levy page https://apinz.org.nz/levy/ - it summarises the findings from the consultations down the lefthand side . . and on the right hand side is the timeline. voting starts at the beginning of Feb - and on March 1st. The results will be known within a couple of weeks. It is worth re-reading the proposal since there are changes to it, based on the consultation meetings [JM]
  11. Quite a different species John. . .but most of the parasitism caused by varroa pre-2000 was ascribed to V. jacobsoni - rather than the actual culprit V. destructor: the varroa that we all know and lov . .hate. Ironically the work to sort out the naming confusion was done by Dennis Anderson in Australia. As noted by another member of the science group, there are also reports now of V. jacobsoni jumping on A. mellifera (just to add to the story) [JM]
  12. Not quite David. Varroa destructor is not a mutation from V. jabobsoni . . . . it is a separate species that has always existed but until relatively recently, wasn't distinguished from V. jacobsoni (a bit like Nosema apis and ceranae) [JM]
  13. OA has only recently been added to this list - as in . . .a month ago ! So yes, game on for dribble, vaporisation . . and staples. Thymol also on the list [JM]
  14. The expert in our group is @Don Mac on these. I believe that only oxalic dribble is available under the ACVM (ie vapourisation is not) but the act allows 'own use' of these products. However what goes on the harvest declaration, by way of varroa treatments administered? As varroa is the number 1 issue rated by beekeepers, the group is keen to help progress this - hence Don's chemical and registration expertise [JM]
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