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JohnF last won the day on August 4 2015

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  1. 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
  2. Can anyone report on this meeting? I hope they had good attendance . . .
  3. 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
  4. Has something similar been written up for NZ dogs? e.g. the sensitivity and specificity of detections of clinical AFB? (and yes, bearing in mind that some of the 'false postives' will be sub-clinical detections, or just cases missed by human eyes). Such a report could go in the NZ Beekeeper journal
  5. Doesn't have to be just on NZ dogs. The main issue as you know is that what the dog can detect, can be ascertained as being correct immediately. Harder to do that for AFB especially when the dogs or a test are detecting pre-clinical levels. But here's a paper on dogs - and yes, there are a lot: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24631776 Rene could probably confirm but I bet every dog has test results on their detection rates, false positives etc before they go into service? Rene, sorry but in this case you're not special. There are a number of AFB-related projects going on in NZ. One is funded by Australia, a couple are funded by MPI via Sustainable Farming Fund and one is a mixture of private and small level commercial funding. None of them are funded by the AFB PMP - as we've seen from their financial statements, it has no additional funds currently and its a compliance agency, not a research one. From the press, the non-compliant people they go after don't need the dogs, DNA or sub-clinical tools. . .the raging clinical AFB can be spotted a mile off !
  6. Frazz, I'm not going to bang on more about the value of science, I'm done with that. Everyone thought science was valuable and needed to be realised - and yet, research donations to the @ApiNZ Science & Research don't seem to have materialised. To my mind, the trial of the dogs would have seemed a no-brainer and a relatively easy one to do. No. A lot of what we know about AFB and how it travels among hives is from exactly that route - and done in NZ by Mark Goodwin and team. Everyone takes the knowledge for granted - but have think about where that knowledge originally appeared. You can whinge about it or get on and apply for a SFF grant. We have a little local funding to part-fund a trial we're running currently on our DNA methods. Come to conference and hear about it !
  7. I am convening the science session - and talking in the AFB session on emerging technologies. I also hope that there will be someone there talking on the dogs and I am discussing this further with organisers to see what can be done to get either @Rene Gloor or Rob/Jan to speak there - but conference organisers are also working on this. However, I disagree with your statement Frazz - if you look in the papers you'll see the effects that the agency is having with Marco and Clifton chasing beekeepers not reporting AFB: namely hundreds of hives being burnt in what is reported in the press as outbreaks in both South and North Island. The agency is on the forum and as they have posted previously, they are not there to do the beekeepers' job re: AFB, they are there for the non-compliant ones:
  8. Really? I thought they specifically -*had* been asked to contribute? I’ll look into this @jamesc
  9. There will also be a number of posters presented after the science session as well - the chance to ask some tame scientists questions about their work !
  10. Lincoln advised NZ hive numbers are 934,147 registered ! Plus . . ? ? We must be over a million hives
  11. I wouldn’t call it type 2 CBPV. It causes a number of symptoms that may exisit together or individually. The virus is the same in any case. Seems it might be a bad season for it. Other countries are showing increased prevalence of this virus as well
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    Tell them to collect your multiple samples Rob, as viruses are tested in Wellington and tracheal mites are done in Auckland. Good job calling the hotline If I had to bet, I would say it is high levels of CBPV. The good thing is that we - and MPI lab - use the qPCR method so yes, like a manuka honey sample, these bees will generate a Cq . . . and I predict it will be about 17 ( viral load in the millions).
  13. Can you take a video of them @M4tt ? They have a characteristic ‘tremble’ on the frames, if it is CBPV. We see a bit of it in our viral testing but high levels can be crippling
  14. Do you have any info on the European test @Rob McInnes ?
  15. Sure. . . .if its the only thing flowering !
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