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    Heard tonight from a reliable source that SHB has been found again in Italy in the same area as the last outbreak
    The SHB was discovered about 3 weeks ago
    I don't know if it was found in 8 colonies or 8 Apairy sites
    It looks like the plan to eradicate the SHB last time was not successful


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    A couple of weeks ago it was only 2 sites. Now it is up to 9, not so good.

    http://www.izsvenezie.it/documenti/t...e-calabria.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    A couple of weeks ago it was only 2 sites. Now it is up to 9, not so good.

    http://www.izsvenezie.it/documenti/t...e-calabria.pdf
    14 now

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    Hmmnn. At that rate of recurrence they'll never eliminate it. Did they stop inspections and just re-start them recently? Those detections will likely be against the background of beekeepers trying hard to eliminate it themselves, fearing the torching of their stocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    e they'll never eliminate it.
    I think that's a foregone conclusion, but maybe they'll be able to contain it for a while?

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    If you have time you should have a read of this book, Its too late the horse has bolted, enjoy the time left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumble View Post
    I think that's a foregone conclusion, but maybe they'll be able to contain it for a while?
    I'd like to think so, but suspect that economics and greed will get in the way ... how long can they continue paying compensation? They've destroyed 3200++ hives so far. Once the compensation is reduced or stopped then people will stop reporting the beetle, or will start hiding hives. The beetle has never been eliminated from anywhere it has become established ...

    On a related point ... does anyone know whether beekeepers must register their apiaries with the authorities in Italy? I've seen Spanish apiaries with registration numbers and know it's a requirement in some other European countries. I've no idea how rigorously this is adhered to if it is required. I think Beebase 'knows' of about 50% of apiaries ...

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    BBKA article this month on SHB makes sobering reading ... and we're now up to 17 apiaries.

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    Looks like they have thrown the towel in,
    http://www.coloss.org/announcements/...europe-to-stay

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    I remember Beatle mania the first time around

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