University of Georgia article, "Small Cell Foundation And Varroa Mites" found mite infestation of small cell hives at 46.6%, which was much higher than the 5.2mm cell with infestation of 27.7%.
Ironic quote from the article, "many a brilliant idea has since been ship-wrecked by the unforgiving objectivity of the scientific method."
Enlightening and depressing.
Yes, it is sad that even a researchers don’t paying attention to the biology of the bee colonies. This idea was proven faulty in middle of 80th in Europe. Because of a low level of information distribution and influence of the money, “make sense” beekeeping is suffering.
Even referenced experiments demonstrated significant discrepancies (possibly intent to conform needed answer) in presented data.