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  1. Sure Daniel - definitely relatable. In relation to AFB work in NZ, dogs have been tested and phages have been isolated (viruses specific for AFB bacteria). But we cant just transplant them into NZ - the bacteriophages wouldnt be allowed across the border and the dogs would be too expensive I guess. Our work is brand new and hence why we're publishing it - so that it can be peer reviewed, improved and hopefully adopted. I am not complaining that there was no beekeeping funding of the work - we never asked for any. But without research and industry funding, NZ beekeepers are going to be relying on the goodwill and scientific interests of others. You can look at a lot of the current industry complaints and issues and go 'well, that would have been interesting research to find out more about'. It's said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results . . .
  2. Although this work includes training the dogs in the first place James. And then the trials presumably. I would also suggest that a lot of the other money is 'in kind' (eg AFB hives etc which will be worth $1000 each no doubt) Welcome to the world of funding apiculture research in NZ . . .the begging bowl or cap in hand are particularly apt expressions. Completely unworkable methods to fund useful findings. This method is being written up for publication - the entrance test that @john berryrefers to earlier in this thread.
  3. Wow, who quoted you $100K James??? Someone was looking to rort you I'd say And if I can ask - while the stonewall seems apparent in the great video, has/did this continue into agency 2.0 (Clifton, Marco etc) ?
  4. The issue has long been stated that the dogs needed scientific validation - as in, running independent trials which should have been relatively easy to do (dog handler being blind as to which hives are clinically infected and which do not). Until now, the trials have never been done. What Rene has done and demonstrated repeatedly has been phenomenal . . Peter believes there is a different way to do it (hmm, yep, must be beekeeping-related all right). This will involve the trials mentioned, I believe Someone else pointed out on FB out that the agency was was against dogs, thanks to comments by Frans Laas i the video featuring James - Frans, who hasn't been part of the agency for some years now. Part of the issue for sensitivity (percentage of true positives found) and specificity (how many false positives found in addition to true positives) is the issue of sub-clinical infections. But other tools exist for this as well. In short, if you have ideas on combatting AFB or other beekeeping issues, get a industry group together and apply for funding from MPI to work up the ideas, perform trials etc. The fund is called the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures. This fund has contributed to several AFB projects recently - the Southern Beekeeper 'AFB-free' project, the phage work at Massey Albany and now this latest dog detection work. Will they contribute to more? For sure . .
  5. There is a lot of AFB research going on - with support from MPI and also @AFB PMP Management Agency. For methods to be used by the agency then they must be scientifically written up/ peer-reviewed etc. MPI support various projects through the SFFF scheme (on holiday, not spelling it out) - there’s projects for Southern beekeeper group, phages at Massey Albany, Pete/Massey/Plant and Food. Would be interested to know how they came up with the figure of $10 million as an industry cost per year TV clip is here Kiwi study hopes to use dogs to save bees, honey industry from deadly disease WWW.TVNZ.CO.NZ American Foulbrood costs NZ’s honey industry $10 million every year but Pete Gifford wants to change that.
  6. Yep - and Nosema ceranae is transmitted at higher levels than Nosema apis. When we see dwindling hives, we also see higher levels of ceranae than apis also
  7. While it can be the ultimate in STIs (sexually transmitted infections . . as is nosema apparently), I believe the queen usually gets infected when the levels in a hive get to the point where she is fed infected food. It would be interesting to follow a hive and test the eggs for DWV - I would imagine this would start or accelerate the actual collapse of the hive
  8. What are the chances that those recalcitrant (an excellent word) beeks are exporting any honey though ?
  9. Always interesting to read of the ‘best system’ for the bees, honey production etc. Especially liked the ‘hives are the size they are so that they can fit on trucks’ ?
  10. Err, what's your definition of a 'large' swarm then @Otto - versus 'quite big'? ?
  11. Leatherwood is another plant altogether. They used to call their active honey jelybush (Leptospermum polygalifolium) but now all labelled ‘manuka’
  12. I had a hive a few years ago where it attacked everyone outside. My wife still brings up when she was yelling on the deck after being stung with 'Its me or the bees' and my reply of 'well, *thats* not going to happen'. I still have bees - and a wife. But yes, requeened the hive (and got absolutely hammered while doing it). A shame a neighbour popped his head over the fence while doing so to complain about something and got popped squarely between the eyes. His head looked like it was knocked off in shooting gallery, it disappeared so fast
  13. You can make homemade traps using treacle and vinegar and a dash of ammonia from memory (google it). Its supposed to be a lure to tell you when to hang the pheremone sticky traps, but if you keep filling the homemade ones (using soft drink bottles or milk bottles) then they work pretty well on their own I've found
  14. How many bees are left @john berry ? As in a handful, still with queen, stores . . and not being robbed ?
  15. With all the time you’ve been beekeeping John, I cant believe you still have your first hive ! ?
  16. there was the mention that hobbiests could also volunteer to pay the levy as contribution to science and biosecurity. I can’t remember the details of that long-ago event now.
  17. If I recall, another organisation did indeed use that list for a prospective membership list and that also created some angst ? Also, there are non-commercials and semi-commercials who might have been part of any levy At risk of being glib, are you on Facebook? Do your kids have Tik Tok ? Yes ? Then you have bigger issues at play . . .
  18. Even the Canterbury beekeeper with 'you cant work out what's wrong with them and they don't get better'. That's not Roundup on the gorse or even the stickers. The bees would be dead on the baseboard or outside the hive. It can accentuate the effects of nosemas though Reminds me of a number of beekeepers in the media who blamed a new pathogen we found back 2015 or so, for their hive losses. They never got their bees tested but blamed the new pathogen nonetheless
  19. Imagine the levels of AFB in a ropy larva. Now imagine those same levels (or higher) seen from a teaspoon of wax bits on the floor. Or a few pieces of debris from supers. No brood this no clinical signs. What do you do ?
  20. I thought Adam's comments were politer than my own thoughts. Sorry James. But if we take your thoughts - and change a word or two . . . then I can imagine this is was Adam was getting at: In the predawn quiet of mid winter a gentle snow falls in the foothills of *Andes*. The log burner simmers. The coffee brews . And the old kitchen is lit by the glow of the computer screen that allows me to communicate with the world..... google searching trails of names and jobs and connections that unearth people of influence in far flung corners of the world. It is that quiet time of reason and thought ..... The dream is a story of the people of *Chile (or Argentina)*, The Beekeepers, , The farmers, the Families ..... the people with the passion to create and craft and market to the world a story that draws the customer in to become a part of that dream ..... to taste the buzz and the sweetness of the nectar from the mountain valleys, that is sold for money that feeds and clothes and shelters the people of the land to raise their families in peace with full bellies ..... that the circle of life may go on. And by choosing a jar of Honey from the far flung islands of the earth and cracking the seal and dipping the spoon and savouring the sweetness and aroma and sharing the experience, the customer closes the circle and secures the link in the chain that is Humanity.
  21. So - just to poke the bear - if there was a commodity levy vote tomorrow with 30% spent on R&D and 30% on the NZ story/marketing and the remainder on the other items that were originially proposed then who would vote in favour? Or against? And if against, would you vote if the split among activiites was different??
  22. What are you quoting here Nick ??
  23. you *believe* its worth more James. You’re not the one that needs convincing. So, if marketing is now deemed to be an important activity for ApiNZ, that’s fair enough. But is it also fair to assume that those saying what APINZ should or shouldn’t do are members of said organisation ?
  24. Actually - take that back. Looks like earlier iterations were rejected and patents filed July last year were accepted . . so yes, during the course of the discussions
  25. I think the staples had been patented before the discussion had even started @Otto ? Or at least that was the impression I got. I cannot see it on the IPONZ website but I see this one for Australia and USA which references NZ filings: https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/7b/0b/b4/368d6d7cfd7ef3/AU2019219773A1.pdf
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