Announcing Mite-A-Thon 2017!

Hi, I am Jamie Sherman, COO of Pollinator Partnership (P2), and I’m guest writing this BIP blog to highlight a great partnership project between BIP, P2 and many other friends of P2 – The Mite-A-Thon.

You probably have heard of this already, and I’m writing today to make a special plea for your participation.

Varroa mites are a big problem in beekeeping, some would argue – THE problem.  Survey after survey shows that mite levels, especially in the fall, predict colony losses.  Yet many beekeepers don’t know what Varroa mite levels are.  That’s why we are doing the Mite-A-Thon, so we can get a real feel for what mite levels are across the country.  Armed with this information, beekeepers can make the best management decisions they can.  There is growing consensus that your mite problems are your neighbors’ mite problems, and so we need as many beekeepers as possible to participate.  After all, the first step to solving a problem is knowing if you have a problem.

So we are asking you to please participate in Mite-A-Thon (add your data here).  And not only you, but your neighboring beekeepers, and all the beekeepers you know! This national effort goes live in 4 days, on September 9th and runs until September 16th. We have made it simple.  We have provided all the resources you need to do it, so now – we hope – you’ll participate so we can get a better handle on this 30 year old scourge whose time is past!

http://pollinator.org/miteathon

 

Written By: The Bee Informed Team

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The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees. The key to our success is the true partnership we maintain across a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical research that makes all these tools available to this important research. And just as important as the tools are the people. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee industry, we also have advisory boards from the commercial beekeeping industries, almond and other commercial growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from across the country.

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  • Bob Smith

    The Mite-A-Thon is missing the point, and statements made are unfounded and contradictory to the latest science.

    Where’s your evidence for this statement:
    “There is growing consensus that your mite problems are your neighbors’ mite problems”

    The mitecheck.org site you reference in your material encourages chemical treatments as if it were the only path, yet more and more scientific evidence from peer reviewed journals are indicating that chemical treatments in hives are:
    1. Increasingly inneffective
    2. hazardous for humans AND BEES!
    3. increasing the strength of mite genetics while stagnating that of the bees.

    The ultimate, long-term solution to varroa mites are strong honey bee genetics and professional keepers across the globe have shown that achieving varroa mite tolerance in honey bees is not only simple, but much less costly than chemical treatments.

    See:
    http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01255/full
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00218839.2016.1160709
    http://www.psychochickenecofarm.com/2017/09/01/the-bee-informed-partnership-is-missing-the-mark-by-advocating-treatments/

  • Bob Schwartz

    I stopped using all hard chemicals in 1998. I have had no problems with mites since I have been applying FGMO between folded wax or parchment paper, each time I go into my hives. I was introduced to FGMO (food grade mineral) when living in Spain in the 70’s while treating birds for leg mites and later by retired Veteran / beekeeper Dr. Pedro Rodriguez. In the 80’s I used it to treat trachea mites by mixing it with sugar while others were using Crisco.
    Virginia Master Beekeeper Bob Schwartz.