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CCD in New Zealand? Take me down to the Parasite City

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:50 pm    Post subject: CCD in New Zealand? Take me down to the Parasite City Reply with quote



Hi this is Episode Seventy four of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about parasite's, Nosema, 3,000-year-old beehives and Counterfeit Manuka Honey?

We talk to Dr Mark Goodwin about the new parasite "Lotmaria passim" recently discovered in New Zealand.

You can listen to the show here:-

CCD in New Zealand? Take me down to the Parasite City

We also discussed:-

  • Why a Celebrity-Backed Honey Is Worth Counterfeiting
  • Learning lessons from Comvita
  • How the honey bee makes pollen pellets
  • Wisdom from an old beekeeper - especially on varroa mites

What did you think? Do we have CCD in New Zealand yet?

Gary and Margaret

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