Author Topic: New Info on Varroa  (Read 444 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Les

  • Forum Supporter
  • Gold Member
  • ********
  • Posts: 1176
  • Thanked: 90 times
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Kingston, NY
New Info on Varroa
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:17:46 am »
The following is a short synopsis of Samuel Ramsey’s doctoral thesis regarding the Varroa Destructor Mite. He spoke at the Southern Adirondack Beekeeper’s Seminar I attended on 3/11.  One of the most interesting, fascinating and informative lectures I have ever attended.  He feels if you don’t treat your bees for Varroa, you are doing disservice to not just your bees but your neighbor’s hives and the feral populations.  You are essentially creating a “Varroa bomb”.

The following users thanked this post: riverbee, Bakersdozen, Mikey N.C., CBT, Kathi

Offline Bakersdozen

  • Global Moderator
  • Gold Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 2711
  • Thanked: 230 times
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Olathe, Kansas
Re: New Info on Varroa
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 08:17:47 am »
The following is a short synopsis of Samuel Ramsey’s doctoral thesis regarding the Varroa Destructor Mite. He spoke at the Southern Adirondack Beekeeper’s Seminar I attended on 3/11.  One of the most interesting, fascinating and informative lectures I have ever attended.  He feels if you don’t treat your bees for Varroa, you are doing disservice to not just your bees but your neighbor’s hives and the feral populations.  You are essentially creating a “Varroa bomb”.


"Varroa Bomb"  I have heard this term used frequently in the last year.  I think Ramsey is on target.  Treatment free=colony failure.
I don't want to hijack your thread, Les, but Randy Oliver used the exact same term and message last weekend.  Oliver also suggested buyers ask their nuc suppliers what treatments they are using.  If they have been using Amitraz the buyer might need to continue with Amitraz.
Ramsey would be an interesting speaker to hear.  He's the next generation of honey bee scholars.  If he's not writing a book, he will be soon.   ;)  I am glad you got the opportunity to be there.

Offline Wandering Man

  • Gold Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1396
  • Thanked: 118 times
  • Gender: Male
    • Life Lessons from dogs, bees and others
  • Location: Victoria, Texas
Re: New Info on Varroa
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 09:56:18 am »
Wow!  Good research.  I can't wait to see where he goes next.
What you say about someone says a lot more about what kind of person you are, than about the other person.
How you treat someone you like reflects your taste.
How you treat someone you don’t like reflects your character.


Visit my Blog:
https://30yrsdog.blogspot.com/ (Life Lessons from Dogs, Bees, and Others)
https://pmhso.blogspot.com/ (Sex Offender Myths and Stories)

Offline Lburou

  • Gold Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 2071
  • Thanked: 263 times
  • Location: DFW area, Texas, USA, growing zone 7a
Re: New Info on Varroa
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 01:22:08 pm »
His discovery is a milestone in the history of research on varroa destructor.  :)
Lee_Burough

Offline riverbee

  • Global Moderator
  • Gold Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 8661
  • Thanked: 380 times
  • Gender: Female
  • ***Forum Sponsor***
  • Location: El Paso Twp, Wisconsin
Re: New Info on Varroa
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2018, 10:11:19 pm »
thank you les!

i have set this thread as a topic sticky. ramsey's research on this is very valuable to all.  as les said, he has written a doctoral thesis on this and i have requested a copy, and also requested to post here on the forum with his permission.
i keep wild things in a box..........™
if you obey the rules, you miss all the fun.....katherine hepburn
Forum Sponsor