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  1. Hi @jamesc Thanks for the experience insight. If you have other concerns keep them rolling in as I'm sure there will be something we haven't thought of. Still working on finding the optimal connector, the one we will use on trial units (not shown in prototype photo) will have good simple tactile feedback that it is connected properly, and plan to have physical guidance built into the plastic parts to try and make it quick and simple to plug in. We are considering a few ways to validate the systems are functioning correctly before leaving the apiary to de-risk that aspect also (LED's
  2. Hi @yesbut , I realise this is a bit of tongue in cheek, but a useful segway to explain a few things about the solar cover and panel. Stacking the pallets of hives during transport is one of the major factors considered in the mechanical design of the Solar Cover The key design aspects of the Solar Cover, that we have made to meet this challenge: The height of the Solar Cover is approximately the same as the combination normal inner covers and lids to avoid any destabilizing issues with pallets sitting above. The outer perimeter of the lid is sufficiently solid to pr
  3. @jamesc Yeah the plastic parts were machined from Solid ABS plastic, so pretty expensive. In production, with injection molding the plastic parts will be relatively cheap and we are continuing to refine the design for cost down. Also the solar cover is intended to be shared between 4 hives to help spread the cost. Currently we think we can get to pricing that will be acceptable, if we can prove our solution brings more value than just an on par alternative to existing chemical treatments.
  4. Just a quick update: We were stoked to win the James and Wells Innovation Award and the Grassroots Prototype Award at the Fieldays Online 2020. Fieldays Online: 2020 Innovation Awards winners announced WWW.NZHERALD.CO.NZ Solving today's problems and preparing the ground for solving tomorrow's. Autonomous Chemical-free Varroa Mite Treatment | Fieldays Online WWW.FIELDAYSONLINE.CO.NZ In-Beehive fully autonomous thermal treatment of Varroa for every beekeeper.
  5. Just a quick update: We were stoked to win the James and Wells Innovation Award and the Grassroots Prototype Award at the Fieldays Online 2020. Fieldays Online: 2020 Innovation Awards winners announced WWW.NZHERALD.CO.NZ Solving today's problems and preparing the ground for solving tomorrow's. Autonomous Chemical-free Varroa Mite Treatment | Fieldays Online WWW.FIELDAYSONLINE.CO.NZ In-Beehive fully autonomous thermal treatment of Varroa for every beekeeper.
  6. Just a quick project status update for anyone interested. We are currently preparing 3x units of our 2nd Prototype, to deploy in Spring.
  7. A large scale study being conducted in the US to measure the viral load before and after thermal treatment Project Thermal Viral – Center For Honeybee Research CENTERFORHONEYBEERESEARCH.ORG
  8. Hi @john berry & @Markypoo, Thanks for spuring my research along, seems there is a lot going on with Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH), a lot of businesses breeding VSH Queens, even here in NZ, and it is interesting to think about how the bees behaviors could be manipulated for their and our benefit (Something we have to also be aware with thermal) I do wonder about the genetic vs learned/environmental aspect to the colonies behavior, so just introducing a VSH Queen to an existing colony, may or may not have the desired effect, and splitting colonies with an artificially inseminated
  9. Hi @NatureAlley, Firstly just want to acknowledge your efforts, and that is some impressive engineering to get 0.3C variation. Am I right in assuming you used this product as the inspiration?: https://www.varroa-controller.com/ We also haven't come across many studies related to resistance to high temperature. Have you read these papers? Heat shock proteins in Varroa destructor exposed to heat stress and in-hive acaricides (we have reviewed the full text, and yes HSP70 response increases with elevated temperatures, they don't really conclude much except more studies n
  10. Hi @john berry We did come across a patent application for Varroa detection and laser removal when we first started researching, and a quick search just now reveals some research and a couple of organizations working on this concept: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313808393_Basic_algorithms_for_bee_hive_monitoring_and_laser-based_mite_control Combplex V-Eliminator The bee drafter idea is an interesting idea. Without having thought about it too much I guess you would still have to pesticide treat with the above options as some mites would slip through, an
  11. Hi @tommy dave, thanks again for your taking the time to share your thoughts, it is really appreciated. Is it fair to say then that your skepticism is more about the implementation of thermal treatment more so than the science? If the science is also a sticking point, there are white papers and articles both for and against thermal treatment that we have collected, and happy to share. It is also our experience that the products historically or currently available are lacking in terms of usability, cost, or simply poor design that isn't conducive to efficient beekeeping.
  12. Thanks for your insight @CraBee & @john berry, If I understand correctly to run 800 hives per keeper still means additional labour from support staff to achieve this, so there is some equivalency that could be derived in terms of how MPI states the situation, however it is possibly more in the realm of 800 to ~640. Could there be another way of looking at it, for example if you work each hive on a 4 week rotation, if Varroa wasn't an issue could this be extended to say a 5 week rotation, or unlikely? In your personal enterprises do you do Varroa counts, or just do th
  13. Hi Sailabee, the heating unit is on the base, the purpose of the Queen Excluder is to help minimize the convection and conduction of heat into the honey super(s), maintaining a consistent temperature range in the brood box. We are also cognizant, that although the treatments are only relatively short, we do not want to unduly raise the Honey HMF levels. Hi Bron, Wax that is in contact with the heating unit on the base will melt during a treatment and flow off the heater. The bees do a reasonable job keeping the base clean so propolis and other debris, shouldn't be much of an
  14. Hi Peter, Thanks for your comments, and sorry about the poll (this is my first foray into crafting one), interested to dive a bit deeper on what you mean by "various success". Do you think treating more regularly would be beneficial? Regarding the hourly rate for a hobby beekeeper, that's a great question, referencing a few sources, I believe $25 / hour is reasonable, when comparing to industry. https://www.stats.govt.nz/information-releases/labour-market-statistics-income-june-2019-quarter https://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/farming-fishing-forestry-and-mining/a
  15. Thanks for your feedback @Markypoo, looks like I can't go back and edit the poll, so we will assume that when anyone selects $30 it will include less than. We are starting from a pretty vague understanding from MPI which indicated that before Varroa introduction into NZ beekeepers could manage 800 hives vs 350 now. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/34329/direct Incidentally are you vaporizing, making your own strips with glycerin or other? Thanks James
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