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JohnF last won the day on August 4 2015

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  1. Ha ha, true Tristan ! D’oh - didn’t check the date
  2. Historically this has been put down to Nosema apis. . . . but not when the hive dies from it. I would suggest getting 30-50 bees chucked into a ziplock bag and sent to @hpra at MPI Interestingly Randy Oliver heard that the dysentery was due to a yeast, rather than N. apis
  3. Dead bees are fine to test Kevin. But usually with the Cororapa issue (not saying it is, mind) then there are few/nil dead bees seen - just a handful of brood bees and often a queen. No dead bees out the front that might be seen with poisoning/karaka
  4. dnature.co.nz/bees We've just heard of over 50 hives on the East Coast with similar symptoms and received samples this afternoon. They'll get the Nosema duo assay run on them (both nosema ceranae and nosema apis, as well as Lotmaria passim). The same bee DNA extracts can also be tested for AFB and we'll rule this out. As @fieldbee said earlier, these hives tend to have plenty of stores that don't get robbed out. Also typically no dead bees seen (on baseboard or out front) If you're debating whether to test or not, chuck 20 bees into a ziplock bag and lob in the freezer . . .and then you've got time to decide. If you suspect poisoning then good to get a fresh nectar sample around the brood as well. On the ApiNZ conference website, you can see a talk that Richard Hall (MPI Bee pathogen program) and I gave on viruses and nosema pathogens
  5. Ping @AFB PMP Management Agency Great to talk with you Trev and glad that things are underway with dealing with a few issues As of at this time? I'd also-respectfully-say 'you're wrong'. But of course in time videos etc will be on-line. . .for free. And therein much of the issue with the beekeeping industry. . .
  6. There are lots of bee meetings now it seems - of different sizes. The fact is that the ApiNZ conference now has about 1000 people at it. With the requirement for multiple seminar rooms (of varying sizes), exhibitor space (near the presentation rooms to get people through), poster space etc. Come along to the conference @ChrisM and then see if you can think of other venues to accommodate all the different facets of this meeting. I say this as both a presenter and a trade exhibitor at this year's meeting. . . the Rotorua venue really is very good. A few years ago it was at the Whanganui racecourse. It was small, cramped and I would not go back as an exhibitor. One of the common issues is that attendees never give to much consideration to the trade exhibitors and their requirements. They pay far more money than attendees do and if you're complaining about conference costs then check out what they'd cost *without* the exhibitors sponsorship. I used to help run a meeting in Taupo. Was difficult for South Island as flights were difficult. I believe they're even more limited now ?
  7. Or just above the contact us is ‘Report this listing’ Which I’ve done
  8. I don't know Phil . . the 'freebie' business model has always been short-lived ! The conference is at the Energy Events Centre - no locked gate. You'd probably get into the trade stands inside even ( but not sure on that) - neck lanyards checked for the presentations though I reckon.
  9. Yep, will have a dnature stand there Trev. I’ll apologise to anyone in advance - you’ll be sick of me. I see I’m MC’ing the first session , I’m convening the science session, talking in the AFB session (with @Rene Gloor and @AFB PMP Management Agency) . . . and then talking viruses on the Saturday with the most excellent bloke Richard Hall from MPI and the Bee pathogen program.
  10. I detect a hint of humour in Dennis' response, Trevor.
  11. All conferences have costs. Why not invite @AFB PMP Management Agency team to your next meeting then? Hmmm. . . sort of. Maybe. Dogs, discussion, disease, DNA. . . but wait there's more !
  12. Alison Mercer has retired @tommy dave. As Dave says above, best bet would be the Plant and Food team based in Hamilton. Or else Phil Lester at Victoria University, who does a lot on bee/wasp viruses and pathogens
  13. Can anyone report on this meeting? I hope they had good attendance . . .
  14. My personal view (ie not speaking for @ApiNZ Science & Research or anyone else) - dogs are and should be part of a solution. I think @Philbee has an interesting thought on a different way to approach AFB. But bear in mind that the agency is tasked under the Biosecurity act to act as a compliance agency. Futility is asking or expecting Clifton, Marco and team to do things or deliver things that that just cannot legally do. I also agree with Dave that there is appropriate information in the Australian report - especially around the sensitivity (how many confirmed AFB hives did they find) and specificity (how many hives without confirmed AFB did they indicate on). I don't know whether Rene, Richelle, Jan and others have run their dogs through apiaries that have also been 100% visually inspected?? Or is the trial that needs to be done. Such a trial is not the sort of thing we do (we operate at a . .literally. . .smaller level ). But if there are members of the forum who want to form a research group, then come to conference and I'll introduce you to James and Ashley at Plant and Food - right up their alley
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