An Elgon Beekeeper

Courses with speakers are a good activity for beekeeping associations. Some time ago I lectured in a small town in eastern Sweden. I meet many…

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Cooperation in the Elgon area

Some years ago, varroa resistance had risen noticeably on my Elgon bees. Then I started to give away some breeder queens to the neighboring beekeepers….

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Darwinian beekeeping, cell size and fitness

I respect and appreciate Tom Seeley and consider him a friend. He coined the expression Darwinian beekeeping. He has given us deeper understanding of the…

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Two weeks at the ELGON Center

Sibylle and Wolfgang Kempf, Germany: Erik Österlund made us welcome at his home and in his bee yards when we visited with him in July…

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Summer has been intensive

I have focused on the management of my bees and have left other activities aside, such as writing on the blog. We will see if…

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Varroa resistant bees

– African bees are resistant to Varroa mites, or become resistant in about 5 years after the mite has come to their hives, in Africa…

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Updated Elgon website

I have had this blog for some years now. And I had originally a website in both English and Swedish for many years, which were…

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The robber screen prevents reinvasion of Varroa mites

Sibylle Kempf from Germany gives her thoughts about the use of robber screens when helping the bees to develop Varroa resistance. The apiary above where…

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Resistance traits – VSH, VSHD, Grooming and more

Sometimes, the term VSH is used as meaning the same thing as varroa resistance. I think it’s helpful to clarify what VSH is. It is…

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Proven experience

An expression often used is “according to science and proven experience”, for example when we want to give authority to what we have chosen to…

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