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.