Beekeeping At Buckfast Abbey

1 Hour 32 Minutes

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Clare Densley & Martin Hann

Intermediate

What is the Buckfast bee and why did Br Adam become so famous?
Was Adam the first to experiment with bee breeding?
Difference between bee breeding and queen rearing.
What inspired Br Adam to create a specific “strain “of bee put into the context of the Isle of Wight disease and the understanding of genetics at that time.
How did his objectives change over the years and how did he achieve these (use of isolation site etc.)?
Inbreeding problems which can occur with artificial selection alongside unsustainability and nasty out cross possibilities.
Why we don’t breed the Buckfast bee here anymore, why we prefer locally adapted bees (and how we have achieved this).

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