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338RE: [beemonitoring] Disease spread vector

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  • Wilson, Michael E
    Jun 25, 2008
      I don't think 'clean new' honey bees really exist. There would be
      some new disease some populations of honey bees wouldn't have,
      but the usual suspects are fairly endemic. Ponds and flowers are probably
      places bees can pick up diseases (maybe/ maybe-not mites), but the accepted
      thought that I understand is that robbing of dead honey bee colonies
      is the primary method 'not so infested' bees get very infested with
      mites and logically thinking, other diseases as well.
      And then of course there is the normal population build up of
      mites and nosema you get through the seasons from the mites and nosema
      that inevitably came with the new bees.

      My opinions,
      -Michael Wilson

      -----Original Message-----
      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com on behalf of OOWONBS@...
      Sent: Wed 6/25/2008 4:49 PM
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Disease spread vector

      >We could unwittingly introduce new problems to
      regions that lacked them before. Witness the spread of tracheal mites
      and Varroa mites by beekeepers around the US.

      >James H. Cane
      USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Lab
      Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 USA

      Trying to learn:
      An issue of sharing a pond bank with possibly diseased neighbor's
      bees, and "clean new" bees of the pond owner...

      Risk level?
      Are these mites more prevalent in nurses on brood?
      These become foragers, yes? Do mite infestations in foragers
      exist at near-same levels as nurses? ... indicating a reasonable
      (reasonably high/negative) risk when sharing banks of a small pond?

      Or is the risk equal as the vector is the visited flower, anyway?
      Or do bees not visit "previously-owned' flowers?
      (I thought I had read that. they tended not to.)

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