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Sunday, June 26, 2005

AHB trade-off?

A Propolis reader in Florida tells me that some beekeepers are looking forward to a little mix of Africanized bee (AHB) genes because they think that might increase resistance against varroa (because the US is running out of effective anti-varroa treatments). Some seem to see the arrival of AHB in Florida as bringing an opportunity for a trade off-between gentility and virility.

I'm not so sure you can get a mild cross with AHB genes -- as I understand it, it's pretty much all or nothing. Good luck Florida!



Blogger The Beekeeper said...

We'll need it!

3:02 pm  

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