According to ABJ April's edition Monsanto, after acquiring Beeologics last year, recently hired Mr. Hayes to lead their team in research and development of tools to prevent CCD. Hope it's a good news.
Didn`t know about it:sad: Fear of swarms being africanized, seems too radical:???:Here's the reply I posted about this on another forum.
"Jerry advocated killing every swarm that left a hive in Florida. Maybe that wasn't enough. Maybe he thought he would get to kill even more bees working for Monsanto."
Thanks Robert, that`s what I was thinking. I do not have Florida beekeeping experience, but I`m reading all the time about you guys catching all those swarms, doing cutouts, and so far, never heard complain about bees being africanized or impossible to requeen. Radical approach could be a good thing in some situation but not always, and certainly not as a rule.I got into a hot discussion with Mr Hayes while he was still in Florida about this. He wanted every swarm and "feral" hive south of I-4 destroyed.
When I asked him why I could not re-queen these hives and swarms to settle them down(if they were AHB), he replied that was not a good idea???
Every swarm and "feral" hive that I have, have been south of I-4 and every one of them has been European honeybees. That is a total of 10 swarms or hives since last Labor Day.