Mechanisms of mite resistance.

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Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby lharder » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:59 pm

I would like to propose a compilation of a list of mite resistance mechanisms together with some research documentation. Would also be interesting to see if genetics markers could be attached the them. Could be complicated as 3 things need to happen. The bees need to recognize there is a problem, have a tool to utilize, then actually use the tool. If genetic markers could be found, then it would be easy to test bees for various mechanisms. You could bring in queens to diversify the tool box of mite control locally. Mapping geographically may show what mechanisms are useful where.

Anybody want to do a Ph.d?

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Re: Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:55 pm

"Everything works if you let it"--James "Big Boy" Medlin
http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

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Re: Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby lharder » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:08 am

Thanks Michael. A very good start.

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Re: Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby lharder » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:11 am

Thanks Michael. A very good start. This winter when the dust settles I hope to go through that reference list and do some reading.

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Re: Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby lharder » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:03 pm

Resistance to the viruses that mites carry would also be an indirect mechanism. Buys time to deal with problem.

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Re: Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby lharder » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:07 pm

I'll be reading with an eye to genetic links.

I've noticed this year lots of grooming behaviour away from the hive. If a bee can shed a mite in the open vs in the hive. How much more effective is that? If there was some plasticity in timing of orientation flights, then mite ridden bees can get rid of them earlier than later.

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Re: Mechanisms of mite resistance.

Postby ToeOfDog » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:55 pm

short post capping times
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1 ... 0.11101215
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