I love zero tolerance, but that also needs 100% compliance.I still think our current, zero-tolerance approach is far superior to such a "vaccine". Even in a best case scenario where is works as they claim you would need to feed the vaccine to hives regularly (minimum every time you requeen). It will not remove reservoirs of AFB spores in a hive so in that regard has the same problem as antibiotics.
Best and cheapest practice is still beekeeper to learn what to look for and check regularly and deal with it ASAP,I love zero tolerance, but that also needs 100% compliance.
AFB first recorded in NZ in 1877, and the action plan 1998…. Even I’m sceptical it’s going to work.
BUT, current practice controls the situation while science catches up. Although this vaccine may not be the solution, the science it generates may find it.
Um, so honeybees (all insects) don't make antibodies, so I'd want a really good explanation for how this is supposed to work. Secondly, honeybees are already 'immune' to AFB. Only a specific developmental stage of young larvae can be infected, which may have something to do with way the peritrophic membrane forms, so I fail to how a 'vaccine' will be of use.Dalan.com has produced an AFB vaccine which sounds good,they are waiting for approval from the powers that bee.I saw this on inside the hive tv you tube but you can go direct to dalan.com.check it out what do you think?
I’ve been thinking about how this might work (I still think it can’t – for beekeepers and AFB).Don’t you hate it when someone who knows stuff comes along. Ignorance is bliss.
Since it is called American Foulbrood the USDA approval could be seen as politically motivated.
A thousand miles is a long way to walk especially when you start out in the wrong directionIt will be far from perfect or perhaps not even practical, but, hey.. it is a development. Every journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.
You are not wrong that the journey is a long way if you start out the wrong direction. So far I agree, but fortunately I believe in the conspiracy that the earth is round, so we would get there eventually.. But I don't think it is a development that is wrong. It is a development which can't be said for a static thing like burning, as effective as it may be in theory. I am aware of the situation in the US.A thousand miles is a long way to walk especially when you start out in the wrong direction
In the U.S. they shook swarm and feed prophylactic antibiotics in some operations according to YouTube so please correct me someone if I'm wrong on this.
Have to be a viable pollination business that runs East to West touching on Southern and Northern states as they pass by. Tough gig
"...correct me someone if I'm wrong on this." I honestly don't get what you mean, sorry.