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DEFRA varroa book Dec 2009:

"Use of non-approved generic substances In many European countries, including the UK, some beekeepers have used generic naturally occurring
substances including organic acids (such as formic acid, lactic acid and oxalic acid) and essential oils (such as thymol) as part of their varroa control programme. In most cases, no formal testing of efficacy or safety of these substances has taken place, and therefore there is a danger that they might be ineffective, harmful to bees, the environment or the user, or leave harmful or otherwise undesirable residues in bee products.

Beekeepers contemplating their use need to be aware that personal protective clothing (such as gloves, face and eye protection, and respiratory
protection) may be necessary. Beekeepers should also be aware that they may be liable to be prosecuted should the routine sampling and testing of products for residues find positive results."

All necessary has been researched and verified during 1998-2009.

European Union has decided that there is no need to measure residuals in honey to protect consumers because honey has 10 times more natural oxalic acid than coltrolling may rise at its worse.
 

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Defra writers are totally out of date. All those methods have carefully tested.

But what is good in Defra book is that beekeeping suppliers can continue their varroa stuff business.

In Britain brooding season is so long that oxalic acid cannot be only solution in varroa handling, but with formic acid or with thymol it works fine.

In special cases you may use special tricks during summer.

BUT SUGAR IN BOTTOM: You may continue your beekeeping on prison garden.
 

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ananetti@inapicoltura.org
XI Jornadas Técnicas de Apicultura
Cordoba, 17 de Noviembre 2007

The recent advances in the
integrated control of varroosis


http://www.coagandalucia.com/extras/sectores/api/nanetti_cordoba_integrated_varroa_treatment.pdf

Here is some valuable links to common questions

European varroa group. You may seach reports by their name.
Coordination in Europe of research on integrated control of varroa mites in honey bee colonies
http://ec.europa.eu/research/agro/fair/en/se3686.html


Clear advices from Canada http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/factsheets/221_varroa.pdf


Oxalic acid vapour treatment
http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/oxalicthorne.html
http://www.honeybeeworld.com/diary/articles/cor.htm



Harms to brood area if you trickle during summer. Results are worse than what mite can do

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=17485001



How soon mites die when you give oxalic cure - After two week you see the result

http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/oxalic.html

Brent.roberts have made repeated oxalic acid vapour cure and results in table:
http://www.hhrobertsmachinery.com/private/mites.xls


Oxalic acid levels in human body
http://www.emea.europa.eu/pdfs/vet/mrls/089103en.pdf


Oxalic cure and human health - oxalic acid residuals classification means that the substance is evaluated as not dangerous, and no residue limit is needed to protect the consumer.

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=16374464

http://www.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/menzel/Rademacher.html


OA in human food stuffs
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...er/oxalic.html
http://growingtaste.com/oxalicacid.shtml
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=14942975
 

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Wow is all I can say. How many of you are there Finman to do the amount of reading that you do - and in a second language to boot? I am beginning to think that you are the head of a cunning team. Possibly related to Johnny 5 of Short Circuit fame.

More input, more input. :) Those nights must be long in Finland and the TV utterly crap. :)

Nothing if not comprehensive and decidedly extensive OM.
 

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Merry Christmas Finman

Hi Finman, I am in awe of your knowledge on this subject. Are you really Santa Claus and use your free time in the Spring and Summer to rear bees???:cheers2:
 

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clearly his wife is away and he has time on his hands !


I couldn't give a t**s about 'prison' - 1. there aren't enough places for 40,000 Uk beekeepers. 2. the government haven't given us any other alternative (ie. they have continually withdrawn funding for beekeeping over the last 20-30 years) I'd like to be the one just so I can stand up in court and say so !
3. If there was a fine, then I am sure the beekeeping population would rally round and help out (I know I would!)

so there !

S
 

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Well said Somerford - couldn't agree more even though I'm out of their range:patriot:
 

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Next step is to get self made tractor to migrative beekeeping

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Possibley very true. The goverment in the UK likes to pick off easy targets, but the real criminals get off free!
 

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Only for knocking-off a coppers hat.
 

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