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« Last post by Grwaskom on December 06, 2016, 06:29:30 PM »
Would like to find a breeder. If anyone knows of one would appreciate the info
COMPUTER TECH HELP FORUM / Notices of postings
« Last post by Dallasbeek on December 06, 2016, 02:58:51 PM »
What happened to the thing in the forum's program that used to send me an email notice when somebody posted in a topic I was following?   Did I do something that turned it off, or is it forum-wide.

It could be a bit of a nuisance if a topic was getting a lot of action, but it was helpful most of the time.
My ancient version of Safari shows them.

Welcome to the forum, ZDave.  Thanks for sharing.
Well, I looked it up and found Cinese honey is not banned outright from the U.S., but is banned in Europe.
Sometimes they don't bother with the bees.  They just mix some honey with sugar water.  Saves them time, I guess.  People that will mix melamine with milk for baby formulas will do just about anything. 

I'm in no way saying all Chinese people would do such things, and when the baby formula stuff hit the fan in 2008, it was a big scandal in China.  After all, it was Chinese babies getting the formula.  And heads rolled over that one -- perhaps literally!  The Chinese government has a difficult job policing that many people, many of whom are desperate to escape poverty. 

But labelling honey, steel or whatever shipped from China as being from Taiwan, Viet Nam, Indonesia or wherever is a major problem.  It's being done by tycoons, probably with approval of the Chinese government, to avoid high tariffs imposed because they are "dumping" products at lower-than-market prices for various reasons, most having to do with shoring up their domestic economy by providing higher employment than justified by market forces.  In the case of honey, it was my impression Chinese honey could not be imported because of it being tainted.
Ok - a re-write ...
There's supposed to be a restriction on posting photographs ... etc, etc.  Looks like the OP has found a way around that. :smile:

Pics still ain't visible on ancient (coal-fired, steam-driven) computers running Windows-Firefox or Linux-SeaMonkey, but it looks like more up-to-date versions are ok.

LJ  :oops:

>Even our SHB's are not dependent on the honey bees to reproduce.

Correct.  They reproduce just fine on rotting fruit.  And that is one of the reasons they are very hard to control.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Breaking varroa brood cycle
« Last post by Michael Bush on December 06, 2016, 01:24:17 PM »
Do you mean breaking the bees' brood cycle to help with Varroa?  Shortening the gestation cycle of the bee is the only way to disrupt the Varroa brood cycle.  Small cell would be the way to accomplish that.

it's showing up on my standard brouser also. i have windows 10.

In a new study, Vanderbilt pharmacologist Jerod Denton, Ph.D., Ohio State entomologist Peter Piermarini, Ph.D., and colleagues report an experimental molecule that inhibits kidney function in mosquitoes and thus might provide a new way to control the deadliest animal on Earth.
The investigators aim their inhibitor, named VU041, at the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, the leading vector for malaria, and Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that transmits Zika virus and other pathogens. The study appears in the journal Scientific Reports.
Over several decades of exposure, mosquitoes have evolved genetic resistance to various insecticides that attack their nervous system. The new study shows for the first time that inducing kidney failure -- or, more correctly, Malpighian tubule failure -- in mosquitoes can circumvent resistance to conventional insecticides.
"We're essentially preventing mosquitoes from producing urine after they take a blood meal," said Denton, associate professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology.
According to Denton, in taking a blood meal mosquitoes can double or even triple their body weight.
Besides providing nutrients, blood meals carry toxic salts; the potassium chloride lurking in red blood cells, if not quickly voided, can depolarize cell membrane potentials and kill straightaway.
"So they've evolved a rapid diuretic process to very quickly separate the salt water from all the nutrients that they need for egg development. A lot of people don't realize that mosquitoes have kidneys, and when they take a blood meal from you they also urinate on you almost simultaneously.
"What our compounds do is stop urine production, so they swell up and can't volume regulate, and in some cases they just pop," he said.
Conventional mosquitocides cause death of males and females at all stages of mosquito development, and in doing so exert considerable selective pressure for the development of genetic resistance.
"By targeting blood feeding female mosquitoes, we predict that there will be less selective pressure for the emergence of resistant mutations," Denton said.
The investigators show VU041 to be effective when applied topically, which indicates that it potentially could be adapted as a sprayed insecticide. They also show that it doesn't harm honey bees.
Arrangements are underway to test VU041 in a spray formulation. If that's successful, additional safety testing would be needed before deciding about commercial development, Denton said.
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