Honey Bee Disease Survey

Discussion in 'Beekeeping Biology' started by tecumseh, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    Did anyone else participate in the National Honey Bee Disease Survey conducted by the USDA-APHIS and USDA-ARS conducted last fall?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I didn't have the opportunity. How was it distributed?
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I think the samples were collected from July of last year thru December... coast to coast. A number of hobbyist, sideliners, and commercial operation's bees and debris splash from the hive was taken and sent to Beltsville, Maryland lab for analysis. I think part of the idea was to see exactly what was and what was not here. I have just now got back some information on my samples and want to know if anyone wanted to compare notes. At this point some of the stuff in the report I am uncertain about what it means.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Sorry I can't help you. This is the first I have heard about it.
     
  5. rast

    rast New Member

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    Same as IDDEE.
     
  6. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    What do you want to know? Not that I have all of the answers, but I did participate in the Survey.

    One of its main purposes was to establish whether Tropolalics clarea (another SE Asian mite of bees) was in the U.S. or not. That's one reason why queens and packages from Australia are no longer allowed.
     
  7. Hobie

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    I declined. They wanted to take about 100 of my bees to be mushed up for some vague testing. I couldn't do it to them.
     
  8. sqkcrk

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    Then they must not have explained it very well.
     
  9. Bens-Bees

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    Oh yikes... just what we DON'T need... another mite. I hope I never live to see the day that mite arrives... but I'm afraid I will.