Hi Gov, That is exactly
what I was wondering. Thanks for your insight.
I have been reading on Michael Bush's website as well as a German site I found while researching hygiene called resistantbees.com. A good video there but it's in german and I can only pick up 70% of the specific vocabulary. The big picture is clear though, and this 'theory' is that the artificial increase in cell size (in an attempt to maximize honey production) has lead varroa to propogate indiscriminately in workers cells (as they have become similar in size to drone cells).
I would love to find an English translation (or subtitles) for this video ... if anyone knows of such a thing a link would be appreciated. If there is no link I am considerating enlisting some help to undertake it myself (you'll be one of the first to know!). If the snow continues to hang about here this spring I just may have the time for it soon!
In his video (on resistantbees.com) Stephan cites the significant research done by American pioneers like .... Ed and Dee Lusby and .... 'someone' named Michael Bush
Setting up with foundationless is the first step. After that I'll start picking brains for the right steps to allow cell size to regress to a natural size. I know Michael has it all in his website (and book!) but there's 'many a slip twixt the cup and lip' and puttting this into practise involves a lot of head scratchin for someone that's been stung as few times as me! As I'm starting out be a lot easier to do er right the first time.
Would love the chance to hear you speak Michael!
Slowly (very slowly) it's becoming clear.
BTW this forum and the experience that's in here is fantastico and I appreciate all the help immensely!