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426re: BIOLOGICAL BEEKEEPING

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  • tomas mozer
    Dec 31, 2000
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      check out ian rumsey's ( http://www.beedata.com/data3/hollowtree.htm )
      alternative views on "The 'Hollow Tree' Experiment" and "The Development of
      the Geometrically Modified Hive" at the Beekeeping Database Net Resources
      website ( http://www.beedata.com/articles.htm )

      "Bee hives in Great Britain have been infested with the varroa mite since
      1992.
      Unless treated, the bee colony dies due to this infestation.
      Bees have an inherent ability to groom themselves free of the varroa mite.
      In a conventional bee hive this is not apparent due to the hive entrance
      being at floor level
      which allows groomed varroa mites to regain the colony by attaching
      themselves to
      incoming bees....
      An Explanation regarding the Survival of Wild Bee Colonies:
      Grooming and the uncapping of cells containing deformed embryo bees is
      sufficient to limit the
      varroa mite population in wild colonies and is most apparent when there are
      more mites than
      available nest sites.
      At this time the mites become more active and more easily groomed and the
      reduction of brood
      allows the nurse bees more grooming opportunity."
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