Honeybees must be warm in order to By. Therefore the temperature
of an immobile swarm must be closely controlled so that when scout
bees have found a new nest site the swarm is ready for a fast takeoff
The first part of this article surveys research and
small scale beekeepers involved with survival stock.
The second part will discuss larger scale commercial breeders committed to untreated stock as well
a protocol for beekeepers to begin breeding their own resistant bees.
Honey bees across the world under threat because of virulent viruses transferred by the varroa mite. Nearly all colonies in the wild have died out and without beekeepers to care for them honey bees could disappear in a few years.
Dr Ivor Davis, Master Beekeeper and past president of the British Beekeepers Association suggests ten things which everyone can do to help preserve our honey bees.