John Polk wrote:It appears from that site ( http://www.honeybeegenetics.com/bees.html ), that the Carniolan Russians have been bred for 100+ years with NO chemical intervention. This has allowed the breed to build up a natural resistance to the mites.
IMO, the less human intervention, the best overall health. Nature has her own ways for dealing with illness.
Time proven - if we just give it a chance.
John Polk wrote:You are correct. None of can spend the next 100 years to develop a 'better bee', but since nature has already done it for us, it makes sense to start with a 'better bee'.
R Scott wrote:I have heard the Russian bees are much like the stereotypical Russian people--extremely hardy but a bit aggressive and highly defensive. Is this true? Any special tricks?