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Latest Headline News…. 26th October, 2015

Really Exciting News

My bees are IMMUNE to DWV

Hard to believe but very true

 

BBC South West have produced a film presented by Chris Packham showing the ground breaking work we’ve been doing over the past 20 years together with recent scientific findings.

The programme is was available to view on BBC1 iPlayer for 25 days but has now timed-out. It is the second ten minutes of the Inside Out program dated 26/10/2015, click the following link to view the programme… BBC Inside Out South West    
It is still available to view on  youtube if you missed it, however, you must ‘Cut & Paste’ this link in your browser in order to view it until I discover how to ‘link’ it.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUFDXl8VGvs
Scientists studied my bees starting in August 2012 and continued through 2013 testing monthly samples. They have written a paper relating their findings and the methods used, follow the links below...
Scientific Paperhttp://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ismej2015186a.html
and a brief explanation at www.mba.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Mordecai-2015-Press-release-FINAL.pdf


Read about our latest developments and the continued work we are doing with different organisations.

The Future

Having achieved major successes we are now confident that we are able to selectively breed bees which mostly are able to fend for themselves against the Varroa Mite without mans’ chemical interventions.

Swarms from our hives, not collected and hived, will once again survive in the wild to kick-start the revival of British Feral Honeybees, essential for all of us and for the survival of wildlife and flora in remote regions where beekeepers do not keep bees.

Phase 1
As all development and breeding has taken place in our apiary near Swindon, we are conscious that only a limited area of bees has the benefit of receiving genes from our drones (males) when mating in flight.

In order to expand this breeding area plans are ongoing to equip beekeepers around Swindon with 5-frame Special Nucleus Hives (SNH) containing one of our specially bred queens with a few thousand bees, plus a powerful magnifying lens and a dissecting microscope to aid the studying of Varroa mites and assess the colony’s “hygienic” potential. One of the five frames will have Drone Foundation fitted to encourage the production of hygienic male bees, the drones. Drones bred in these hives will be able to add their hygienic genes to the local gene pool. It is further hoped that seeing positive results in the SNH the evaluating beekeeper will continue studying Varroa in their own hives for signs of hygienic behaviour by their bees and hopefully stop their use of chemicals

Phase 2
When the number of bees becomes too strong for the 5-frame nucleus hive the beekeeper will be allowed to keep the bees and their frames in a hive they own, to still produce hygienic bees and drones in their location.

Our SNH, will be returned with the lens and microscope, etc., for restocking and placement with new beekeepers outside Swindon, increasing the footprint even further every time.

During following seasons our plans are to continue this very important program over ever widening areas.

This essential conservation on-going project is believed to be unique In Britain; maybe in the world.

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Previous Headline News….

David Bellamy visits SHCG
David-Bellamy-visit
Ron chats to David Bellamy about his research.

 

 

 


BBC’s Springwatch- 11th May 2011

Chris Packham talked to Ron about his work to eradicate the Varroa mite. Read more about the Springwatch visit.

 

 


Mail Online- 25th August 2010
“British Beekeeper breeds ‘super-bee’…”
read the full article here

 

 


The Guardian- 25th August 2010
“Could a superbee from Swindon save the world?”
Read the full article here