His Claim 11:20 to 12:00 I do not know bees can sterile wood and wax ???
This is only one side of the story being told and I would like to hear the other side to.
BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
Of course bees can.
Charlie Mraz years ago had a very well known and documented strain of bees able to clean up AFB placed frames into the hive. Problem was, they were not resistant to mites, and were wiped out along with many other bees years ago.
AFB resistant bees, would be like bees resistant to mites, or bees able to withstand the northern climates. If your part of the bee "industry" you want problems. You need problems. So the industry:
1) Sells the idea to the average beekeeper that bees with low propolis production is a good thing. They did this for years. A good trade off for sticky fingers for those not really thinking about it.
2) You take a northern hardy strain like the Russians and place them in Louisiana to propogate and breed. And the industry as a whole continues to sell Italians although many are finding out that while they are productive and gentle, they do not make the most resistant bee or the best overwintering for the north. Of course if your a commercial guy who will treat for mites, and take all the bees south for winter, then what do you care. Do you think the industry caters to hobbyists anyways?
3) You concentrate not on breeding bees able to deal with problems, like most other breeders from anything like chickens to earthworms, but sell and push the next new treatment on the market. Beekeeping unlike many other animals/insects has concentrated mainly on treating, and not breeding.
The industry has produced unhealthy bees, raised them in the wrong location, and has put little if no effort, (except a few individuals) in breeding resistant bees.
If mites or AFB actually went away, there would be folks losing their jobs, their funding, and their "position" in the bee industry.
For years, breeders looked at globs of propolis inside the hive, and selected those that did not coat the inside of the hives. Does this sound correct to you? knowing that propolis is part of a healthy and sterile colony?
I did mention some of this in a write-up dated May 2011. http://www.bjornapiaries.com/beekramblings201112.html