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Interesting Links Paul

Its nice to hear something positive regarding the Varroa battle, any natural artillery is preferable.

Mushroom Honey...... cant taste any worse than Manuka.
 

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Yes thats more interesting,so the trials go on, as they obviously did not get it on the market by the end of 2008. Seems the bee's are not helping either.
 
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I noticed with interest today an article on biopestercides within the horticultural industry, that the Dutch already have Metarhizium at their disposal, and it should be available to us in the UK next year.
Although it is a Horticultural trade mag, it has a very interesting sentence from Dr Paul Sopp of Fargro when speaking about Metarhizium.
"It is expected that it will be used throughout agriculture including horticulture and forestry and happily for beekeepers also in apiculture"

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An interesting point to ponder - if it is something that is naturally occurring, it isn't patentable, therefore there is no real benefit to be gained by the usual purveyors of "remedies" (if garlic or lavender oil were patentable, they'd be hailed as "wonderdrugs"), and should a readily available natural substance be found safe and effective, it would "deprive" the companies flogging the usual nostrums, hence they'd be the last people to speed it's adoption.........
 

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An interesting point to ponder - if it is something that is naturally occurring, it isn't patentable, therefore there is no real benefit to be gained by the usual purveyors of "remedies" (if garlic or lavender oil were patentable, they'd be hailed as "wonderdrugs"), and should a readily available natural substance be found safe and effective, it would "deprive" the companies flogging the usual nostrums, hence they'd be the last people to speed it's adoption.........
Not neccessarily a problem- even if they can't patent the fungus, I believe they can patent a novel and specific use of it, and they can certainly patent a delivery system. After all, it hasn't kept apiguard or apilife var off the market.
 
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