Marla discusses possible solutions like the use of cover crops and hedgerows on farms, the reduction of agrochemicals and the planting of bee friendly plants. She has developed a strain of bees, the Minnesota hygienic line which are able to detect infected larvae in the hive and remove them to cleanse the hive of the disease or parasite. Work on increasing hygienic behaviour in bees is being done throughout the world and is a possible solution but requires the population domination of hygienic bees (both drones and queens) to be successful. This is a long term prospect which most beekeepers are aware of and support.
Locally, on September 27th at 8 p.m at Eternal Abundance (1025 Commercial Drive) there will be a screening of the documentary "Saving the Life Keepers - The new science of sustainable beekeeping". Watch the trailer: "Saving the Life Keeper" The master beekeeper Brian Campbell and the film director and producer Jocelyn Demers will be at this event for a Q and A.
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