Study of Foulbrood in Canadian Apiaries
This study will generate knowledge on the infectivity, pathogenicity and virulence of two devastating honey bee brood diseases, American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB). NBDC hopes to use the results of this study to develop more effective diagnostic techniques for the identification of foulbrood and improve the ability to predict disease outbreaks.
National Honey Bee Health Survey
On behalf of the Beekeepers Commission of Alberta in collaboration with the Manitoba Beekeepers Association, NBDC is analyzing bees from apiaries nationwide to establish a baseline of honey bee health for Canada.
Queen Health Evaluation of Imported and Local Stock
Stock purchased from leading foreign producers (Chile, Australia, Hawaii, and California) and several Canadian provinces are assessed for sperm count and viability, and the presence of pathogens to investigate the decreased longevity of queens.
Identification of Honey Bee Viruses in the Peace Country
Dr. Shauna Henley (GPRC-Science Department faculty member) is working in the NBDC-TAC lab to examine the prevalence of 7 different honey bee viruses in the Peace Country.
Health of Bee Pollinators in Canadian Agriculture
GPRC NBDC-TAC is performing viral analyses for this project led by Dr. Stephen Pernal (AAFC-Beaverlodge) to determine pathogens affecting both wild and commercial bee populations.
GPRC NBDC-TAC will be assisting Dr. Leonard Foster (University of British Columbia) and Dr. Amro Zayed (York University) with the Genome Canada project ‘Sustaining and securing Canada’s honey bees using ‘omic tools’’. Diagnostics for Nosema, Chritidia, and a viral panel will be completed at the NBDC-TAC facility.
Leafcutter Bees in the Peace Country
GPRC NBDC-TAC performed viral analyses on adult leafcutter bees and cocoons. This project is headed by Dr. Shelley Hoover (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry - Lethbridge).
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