National Bee Diagnostic Centre - TAC
GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) is the first comprehensive laboratory in Canada to provide a full array of diagnostic services for honeybee pests, pathogens, and parasites.
The NBDC is the result of a partnership between Grande Prairie Regional College (Research & Innovation) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Beaverlodge Research Farm). It was created in response to the needs of the beekeeping industry. Its development was funded by the Federal Government through Western Economic Diversification Canada, by the Government of Alberta through its Rural Alberta Development Fund and by the College.
NBDC provides diagnostic services for beekeepers, researchers, agencies and industry with the aim to contribute towards a healthy, sustainable and profitable apiculture in Canada. Microbiology, microscopy and molecular techniques are used to identify bacteria, fungi, mites and viruses that affect honey bees.
NBDC has been accepting client samples since April 2013. Client demand has grown from 1,500 diagnostics performed the first year to completion of over 20,000 diagnostic tests on beekeeper and research project samples both this year and last.
Technology Access Centre
NBDC is also a Technology Access Centre (TAC) and has been since its opening. NBDC is proud to be 1 of only 30 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funded Technology Access Centres (TAC) in Canada.
A TAC is a centre affiliated with a Canadian college that provides access to specialized technology, equipment, and expertise to local industry – particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises – with the goal of enhancing their productivity and innovation.
As a member of the Tech Access Canada network, NBDC-TAC provides applied research, training, outreach and innovation services for the beekeeping industry.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about who we are and what we do!