National Bee Diagnostic Centre
NBDC-TAC is the first comprehensive laboratory in Canada to provide a full array of diagnostic services for honeybee pests, pathogens, and parasites.
NBDC-TAC is the result of a partnership between the GPRC Research & Innovation and the Beaverlodge Research Farm (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) where it is located. The project attracted the strategic investment of the Federal Government through the Western Economic Diversification Canada, and of the Provincial Government through the Rural Alberta Development Fund.
NBDC-TAC is proud to be 1 of 30 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funded Technology Access Centres (TAC) in Canada, committed to applied research, training, outreach and innovation.
The Centre 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.
Tech Access Centre
A Technology Access Centre 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.
Currently, there are 30 TACs enabling innovation in Canada from coast to coast.
Learn more about the network of TACs at Tech Access Canada