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posted Sep 13, 2018, 6:17 AM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 6:18 AM ]
Sitting here, listening to the wind howl (yes, already, and it's only early September), I ponder every beekeepers' nemesis: Varroa destructor.  I congratulate myself on having broken a personal record and completed the customary 4 week Apiguard treatment by the first week in September.  Here in Mayo, it can be quite a challenge to get the honey off and bees readied for Varroa treatment by the end of September! But this year was so different.

I always say at lectures or during training,  that Autumn time is a time for looking back over the past, fast and furious season.  Questioning old habits, learning new skills and finally assessing for success or failure.  The ultimate measure of that being winter survival.  There is not a single moment during the season that guarantees it: it is about doing everything right by your bees, and doing it at the right time, for the entire year.  And that is a real challenge for hobbyist and commercial beekeeper alike.

We are grateful to the scientists who devote their time to this parasite.  We salute you for your dedication and for sharing your work with us.  The full article was published here:  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324426371_Proteomic_analysis_of_chemosensory_organs_in_the_honey_bee_parasite_Varroa_destructor_A_comprehensive_examination_of_the_potential_carriers_for_semiochemicals