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Medsen Fey
04-01-2009, 10:27 PM
I ran across this article about Wyman's blueberries supporting research (http://sev.prnewswire.com/agriculture/20090326/NE8920226032009-1.html)for CCD. The blueberry crop is apparently heavily dependent on bees for pollination. Perhaps we need to make more batches of Oskaarz "You Blue my Berriez" with Wyman's berries - accept no substitute!

fatbloke
04-02-2009, 05:18 AM
I ran across this article about Wyman's blueberries supporting research (http://sev.prnewswire.com/agriculture/20090326/NE8920226032009-1.html)for CCD. The blueberry crop is apparently heavily dependent on bees for pollination. Perhaps we need to make more batches of Oskaarz "You Blue my Berriez" with Wyman's berries - accept no substitute!
I'm gonna spend the time to read that article Medsen, but there was a prog on the TV the other week about CCD. It seems that we have less of a problem here, but "they" are still looking into it.

The people in the programme weren't entirely convinced that it's a completely natural thing. They suspected it is in part, but that the US agri business might be making it worse by moving hives by train to the different areas where there's huge area's of single cropping. They were of the opinion that if the hives are left in one area then it's less likely that there would be any cross contamination of whatever might be the actual root cause of CCD.

One of the things that is supposed to be done here, is that if an apiarist wants to move hives from one region to another, then they're supposed to get approval/a permit from DEFRA. I think this was originated with trying to reduce/stop the spread of varoa, with the obvious thing that the south of the UK is more likely to get spreading infections/parasites due to it's proximity to mainland Europe.

Of course, there will be some who don't obey the regulations/law, but if they get caught the fines are quite large and the colony(ies) are destroyed.

I'd guess that that might be a little more difficult in the US, because of the extra tier of government you have in the States + "they" don't want to upset the already established industry (both farming and apiary)!

Right, off to read that article

regards

fatbloke

p.s. just back from reading it, shame it's a bit light on any detail. More of a "look how wonderful we are" type press release!

Medsen Fey
04-02-2009, 08:47 AM
p.s. just back from reading it, shame it's a bit light on any detail. More of a "look how wonderful we are" type press release!

True, but I'm not going to be critical of anyone supporting the research, even if it is out of enlightened self-interest.

fatbloke
04-02-2009, 09:57 AM
True, but I'm not going to be critical of anyone supporting the research, even if it is out of enlightened self-interest.
Yes, that's a fair point.

It's just that I'm really cynical when it comes to the way businesses portray themselves.

Sort of in a "this is the problem, so this is what we're doing to try and help" rather than the usual PR based we've done this, so we're really wonderful and you should buy our products.......

In truth, it's (the CCD) proving to be quite a complex issue, and I'd suspect that it'd need more than just chucking money at it!