Native Irish Honey Bee Society – Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society
Apis mellifera mellifera

Research papers – Bee Health & varroa

Science 8 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6086 pp. 1304-1306
Global Honey Bee Viral Landscape Altered by a Parasitic Mite
Stephen J. Martin et al.
Looks at how the arrival of varroa in some Hawaiian islands affects the dynamics of Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and the relative frequency of the DWV variants in the honeybee population.

Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 8 (8) 1142-1145 2005
The Impact of Nosema Apis Z infestation on honeybee (Apis mellifera L) colonies after using different treatment methods and their effects on the population levels of workers and honey production on consecutive years
Banu Yucel et al
A look at how thymolated syrup as winter feed can help with varroa control

Apidologie, Volume 41, Number 3, May-June 2010
Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in Europe
Ralph Büchler, Stefan Berg and Yves Le Conte

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Volume 110, Issue 3, July 2012, Pages 314–320
Genotypic variability and relationships between mite infestation levels, mite damage, grooming intensity, and removal of Varroa destructor mites in selected strains of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)
Ernesto Guzman-Novoa et al

May 2010, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 409-424
Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in North America
Thomas E. Rinderer et al

Apidologie 37 (2006) 564-570
Survival of mite infested (Varroa destructor) honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in a Nordic climate
Ingemar Fries, Anton Imdorf and Peter Rosenkranz
Abstract – An isolated honey bee population (N = 150) was established on the southern tip of Gotland, an island in the Baltic sea. After infestation with 36 to 89 Varroa destructor mites per colony, they were unmanaged and allowed to swarm.
This is the study popularly known as the ‘Bond’ study (Live and let Die)

Survivor Stock Queen Rearing Project
The bee breeding goal is honeybee stock which has under 20% annual loss rate (all causes) while being totally untreated for either of the very troublesome parasitic bee mites, known commonly as the Varroa mite and the Tracheal mite.

Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock – Daniel Weaver

Danny Weaver is a fourth generation beekeeper following in the steps of his father, Binford Weaver. Danny is in charge of the production of queens, Packages, nucs, and honey for the family business. This video advises on Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock.



MARTIN R. MILLER et al.Full paper

Chalkbrood information and potential treatments
Control of chalkbrood disease with natural products
A report for the Rural Industries Research  and Development Corporation
by Dr Craig Davis and Wendy Ward
December 2003

January 2013 BEE CULTURE

Jennifer Berry

Invasion of Varroa destructor mites into mite-free honey bee colonies under the controlled conditions of a military training area
Journal of Apicultural ResearchVol. 50 (2) pp. 138-144
Eva Frey, Hanna Schnell and Peter Rosenkranz
The honey bee mite Varroa destructor can be spread between colonies by vertical transmission, particularly when heavily infested colonies are robbed by foraging bees from neighbouring hives. We quantified the invasion of V. destructor into mite free colonies on a military training area not accessible to other beekeepers.


Spread of Infectious Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus by Honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) Feces M. Ribière, et al
Knowledge of the spreading mechanism of honeybee pathogens within the hive is crucial to our understanding of bee disease dynamics. The aim of this study was to assess the presence of infectious chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) in bee excreta and evaluate its possible role as an indirect route of infection.

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