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  1. #1 Our Bee strains are being bred with resistant strains. 
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    So I checked out the history of the bee's killer mite epidemic. Turns out it was a really old thing, and sometimes up to 90% of the colonies were wiped out by them a year. Horrible. back in 1912 i think it was there was this monk named Brother Adam who began a quest to save the bees and traveled around taking samples of the bee survivors. The ones who had resistance and survival traits as well as tolerance to the mite. Over the years he bred them for specific reasons mite resistance just one of them. Now his bees are one of the highest resistant bees. Infestation rates of 25% or higher are typically associated with a damaged production to the colony and buckfast bees (Brother Adam's)tested at only 10% compared to the 45% of the "other bees" (common bee deaths). Born and bred fighters his are. He saved the best of the natural bee's that survived the ordeals and worked with them, as well as the kindest and gentlest bees of each species. Brother Adam traveled the world for the best bees from every place. His techniques and his bees are now being bred with other bees and the same techniques used for our 'days' and operations. His bees have been said to have developed a natural equilibrium with the mite's existence.

    Another one out there is Bee Weaver who also have resistant queen bee strains. They raised colony after colony, tens of thousands of them. And for long ages suffered loss from the mite. They were after control of the mite without pesticides or artificial chemical methods, they wanted bees to both survive and thrive in the presence of mites. In order to survive and keep bees in population they had to use chemicals at first for the near death bees. But they isolated strains that didn't need them and survived anyways. They bred the best and progressed other strains as well and stopped using chemicals all together many years ago. Since they still advance new bees and strains they still infest new colonies with mites, so that they create genetic diversity in order to expand their traits into other new bee species, so they do have some loss still. The loss of queens they raise is less then 5%. That is without treatment of any kind and with new genetic creation. At first they were losing almost everything without chems and a lot still with them even. Expensive treatments too they say.

    Another breeder scientist who raises bees has also gotten quite a fuss and his research has been implemented into the knowledge bases and thoroughly tested is that many bee colonies have different hygiene rituals. Some colonies bees will pick off the mites and bite them, crush them and drop them to the ground. They will stop infected bees from entering the hive if they see them infected. Making a big fuss of it in front of other bees, they will even shake the bee around and remove all the mites before he enters. This action passes around to the other bees who then begin group cleaning rituals. They see it is a learned behaviour and so they pass it on to others and the bees that do this have a considerably less rate of infestation. Also they remove infested larvae or contamination. Some bees can detect them hiding inside of cells of the young before hatching and remove them. These bees have often beaten contamination through this awareness. This breeder raises this quality into his bees he raises, selecting the best fighter bees. He hints at other breeders to look for it and see it as well, and they did/do. Not all bees it seems are raised as fighter bees, or were at least.

    Some fighter colonies now raised are up to a 74% survival rate for two years from the beginning of the test(not including new bees) whereas only 40% of the other non-fighter bees remained alive in the same testing conditions. Not as great as brother Adam's but still very good. Obviously all of these breeders and methods are now being used but the process of getting these genetic traits into all the infected world is slow. It's progressing though faster then ever now as they have programs for new breeders to get involved and spread the bee queens into population quickly.. And the results will only get better. Most of these tests are new, but Brother Adam's are not, but his bees have been just recently tested by 'our people' and are now being used by governments etc. Yay for bees!

    here is a quote i liked "WASHINGTON — On a farm on the outskirts of Frederick, Md., Kelly Rausch and Adam Finkelstein crack open a wooden beehive whose design dates to the 19th century. Inside, they point out a superbee they have made for the 21st century...."


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    Cite your sources for this..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Cite your sources for this..
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    To avoid the appearance of dodging criticism, how about you post your sources in the OP from now on?
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    Sources, also what is the purpose of this post? Is there a question involved?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenRatio View Post
    Sources, also what is the purpose of this post? Is there a question involved?
    Why are you supposed to teach me are you.. Or you could learn something yourself maybe. That`s a good purpose for a post don`t you think..
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    Quote Originally Posted by emilito View Post
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    Sources, also what is the purpose of this post? Is there a question involved?
    Why are you supposed to teach me are you.. Or you could learn something yourself maybe. That`s a good purpose for a post don`t you think..


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    We are still waiting for the sources you used for your opening post emilito.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenRatio View Post
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    Sources, also what is the purpose of this post? Is there a question involved?
    Why are you supposed to teach me are you.. Or you could learn something yourself maybe. That`s a good purpose for a post don`t you think..

    I dont know whom taught you engrish. I am guessing you learned it from india tech support but could be mistaken. Either way, make your post's comprehensible if you wish for a proper reply.
    Yeah.. my writing or your reading is the problem here. See my question mark is broken until i reboot my computer. I know man it`s hard to read such a strange encryption I know. Without a question mark how can you read it!!!!
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    What are the bees resistant to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    What are the bees resistant to?
    Varroa mites are the leading cause of death to bees at this moment in time. brother Adam had however been breeding the bees resistant to all of their known threats that he could breed against.
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    Colony collapse disorder is the leading cause of European honey bee deaths currently. However Varro mites only "might" be a contributing factor, and only in certain areas. The cause of CCD is not fully known. Also Varro mites are only one mite that may be a factor.
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