Bees needed for research trial

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  1. Sarah Cross

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    Hello fellow beekeepers, my name is Sarah Cross, I am Dr Mark Goodwins Reserach Associate at Plant and Food Research Ltd. We are conducting a trial on the possibility of resistant varroa here in NZ. We are requesting a sample of 300 bees from a hive that has NOT been treated for varroa yet this season. If you are interested in helping us please email me at sarah.cross@plantandfood.co.nz with your name, postal address, and the general area of the hive you would like to take the bees from, and i will send you out a container and return courier bag. Thank you very much for your help.
     
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  2. Tony Greathead

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    When you say this season, how far back are you referring too IE no treatment since Spring 2016 or further back?
     
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    How many hives are u wanting and are u to collect samples?
     
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    Correct. Now is usually the time honey is taken off and Autumn strips put in, I would like bees from hives BEFORE this Autumn treatment happens.

    We would like one sample per beekeeper. Thats 300 bees from one hive. I can send you the container and a return courier bag for you to collect and send back
     
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  7. Daley

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    Hi Sarah, this is very interesting and cool, is this a one off sample and would you give us our results
     
  8. tristan

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    resistant to what ?
     
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    Always with the good questions Tristan.
     
  10. Kiwifruiter

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    I assume it is similar to the PSA resistance testing program which is testing for resistance against the most common compounds used for control (in the case of PSA copper and streptomycin). I would guess the main target is bayverol resistance.
     
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    apistan/bayvarol was tested by mark years ago.
    only one of interest would be apivar (Amitraz).
    if thats what they are testing would it not be better to send a jar of mites?
     
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    So there isn't any point in tracking its spread across the country?
     
  13. tony

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    Would it not be Varroa resistance but then is it viruses? which ones? i assume varroa as they don't want to have them treated. I would then be curious why they don't go back to no spring treatment either.
     
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    It doesn't matter as long as they know what was used last and when....
     
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    If it was a chemical would they not want to know what was used last or is it that they assume they havent been exposed to any chemicals for a period of time
     
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    Since spring.
     
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    Kinda does to me, resistance to varroa to me would be if they haven't been treated since at least winter last year a five six month break without treatment i would not call resistance but 8 to 12 months beyond well then you really got something to work with. But i'm only surmising i'm no scientist and don't know all the info. but if they wanted hives not treated for that long some advance notice could be given I would not treat selected hives now and get them though winter they can have samples of the survivors. I've done it before for myself out of 40 hives no autumn treatment and last spring treatment was thymol I had 6 survive and of those six four were good strong hives they went though to my drone yard for drone production, to me thats what i'd be looking at, but again some more detail about research be good.
     
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    It's not looking at the bees it's looking at the varroa. The idea is they take samples of bees and check the varroa on them for resistance.
     
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    Oh ok roger that i get it now, Ignore my last posts :mask::notworthy::oops:,
     
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