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 honey bee pests, pathogens, and parasites. The NBDC is the result of a partnership between GPRC and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Beaverlodge Research Farm) in response to the needs of the beekeeping industry. Its development was funded by the Governments of Canada (via Western Economic Diversification Canada) and Alberta (via the Rural Alberta Development Fund) and by GPRC.
NBDC provides diagnostic services for beekeepers, researchers, agencies and industry with the aim of contributing to healthy, sustainable and profitable apiculture in Canada. We employ microbiology, microscopy and molecular techniques to identify bacteria, fungi, mites and viruses that affect honey bees. Client demand has grown from 1,500 diagnostics performed in 2013 to over 20,000 diagnostic tests performed annually.
Technology Access Centre
NBDC is proud to be one of only 30 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-funded Technology Access Centres (TAC) in Canada. As a member of the Tech Access Canada network, NBDC-TAC provides applied research, training, outreach and innovation services for the beekeeping industry.
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