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  1. 10-3 sounds like a good span. Discussions are very prelimary at this time and rely on external funding. The aim would be to make the cost minimal/non-existent and of course inviting all beekeepers - it is not an ApiNZ event but in the absence of another science group stepping forward to organise then this group is aiming to do so for NZ Inc [JM].
  2. One day Maggie? Would others want a whole day? The current thinking is perhaps a morning or afternoon . . but the whole day? Thanks for the thoughts . . New detection tools could include latest on the use of dogs and also new laboratory tests (qPCR) that Plant and Food, MPI and others have been working on [JM].
  3. A discussion AFB workshops started late last year. But a question raised: "what topics would attract you to attend such a workshop?" e.g. information on any outbreaks, information on actions being taken against AFB recidivists, new bacteriophage discoveries, new detection tools, new dog information, hive check methods, beginner information, <topic of interest here>. We realise this may differ from hobbiests to commercials but 1. would you attend a workshop and 2. what would you want to see in it to make it worth your time ? [JM]
  4. Here's your chance to record how your hives fared over winter (survivors as well as losses), to reflect on the 2018-2019 season overall, and to help paint a better picture of bee health both nationwide and in your local area. Help yourself and other beekeepers - OK, and @Pike - by filling out the survey below https://survey.landcareresearch.co.nz/jfe/form/SV_6gjFf5E9qTQxPI9 You can also check out previous years' results as well [JM]
  5. Not offically for ApiNZ (as they have paid their own way there) but several members of the ApiNZ Science & Research group are over there now. They will be bringing back as much information as they can we're sure [JM]
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. [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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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]
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