Prophylactic antibiotics= antibiotics to prevent infection or as a matter of course because it's assumed hives will be infected once moved (so given prior to moving hives from over-wintering location).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.
"...correct me someone if I'm wrong on this." I honestly don't get what you mean, sorry.
Thank you for assuming I didn't mean anything by it. I didn't. I am a positive, curious and hopeful person who thinks it is a good development when alternatives are explored. As limited as they may be, and maybe sometimes even in the wrong direction, they offer chances for criticism, new insight and further development .. possibly leading to something that ultimately provides a better and more constructive approach to this disease than what we have currently. Yes, let us learn together, that is a good purpose in life.As you took me to mean I am against it and a conspiracy theorist then I will take that side. Was neutral on the subject but will look into the science of it. It's going to be a hell of a job finding needles small enough for the bees (but pretty darn sure it doesn't work that way)
Unfortunately that's the way it works on this site and I'm going to assume now you didn't mean anything by it but since this interests me let's learn together 🙂
I am not a scientist, just a beekeeper that has produced some queen cells and used some caged queens. Sometimes the queen doesn't always eat all the caged candy. But then again I could have this all wrong, that it's going to be administered through queen candy. Or are they going to somehow feed the candy to the queen before caging?In bees the queen is the only one that produces offspring, feeding her killed pathogens via bee candy seems a logical step.
I know almost nothing about queen breeding, sorry. Perhaps the queen would be quarantined for a few days in a cage with a vaccine candy to chew away.I am not a scientist, just a beekeeper that has produced some queen cells and used some caged queens. Sometimes the queen doesn't always eat all the caged candy. But then again I could have this all wrong, that it's going to be administered through queen candy. Or are they going to somehow feed the candy to the queen before caging?
As you note the queen is producing the offspring, therefore why do researchers appear to have gone for vaccine in queen candy? Generally, anyone that produces quality cells knows a little bit about sucrose and JH levels, Day 3 and caste differentiation.
I'm also curious as to the effects on immune systems with vaccine controls.
True Blu'.Here’s a vaccine with many doses in each pack
Love this. Do you think they will camp out in parliament grounds and take over the beehive!!!!????? I don't think this time they will have to worry about Celine Dion being played incessantly. Although the sprinklers being turned on might be a bit of problem.Anti vax queens, gosh we’ll never hear the end of it.
Wasps are more likely to do thisLove this. Do you think they will camp out in parliament grounds and take over the beehive!!!!????? I don't think this time they will have to worry about Celine Dion being played incessantly. Although the sprinklers being turned on might be a bit of problem.
And a good question it is. I suspect because of the way they have to practice beekeeping (& therefore feed their families and pay employees) that is actually a feeding option called fondant.I understand that the vaccine is going to be administered in queen candy. Why is that the option?
My own thoughts on it are if you used the vaccine, you would still continue to check, and burn if need be, same as usual. Just, the incidence of AFB should be lower.
However I doubt this vaccine will become widely used in NZ. Firstly, there will be incidences of people saying <I used a vaccinated queen and my hive got AFB> which will put other people off, and secondly best I can tell the majority of NZ hives have self raised queens, which will not be vaccinated.
However, anything that can reduce AFB is a good thing in my view.