Submitting Samples to NBDC-TAC
NBDC-TAC employs microbiology, microscopy and molecular techniques to identify bacteria, fungi, mites and viruses that affect honeybees. The staff is committed to provide excellent service and to deliver results in an accurate, reliable and timely manner.
NBDC-TAC collects or receives samples (brood, adult bees, frames, honey) from honey bee producers in all Canadian Provinces. Depending on the required diagnostic, samples are stored and processed differently. The Centre follows the methods of the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) described in the "Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals", and internal validated methods.
As a good beekeeping practice it is important to evaluate the health of bee stock; this diagnostic information will help beekeepers establish an educated management plan for their apiaries.
New Diagnostics available Spring 2017
Queen Health Assessment (Number and Viability of Sperm)
1. Biological Tests
- Nosema count (microscopy) and species identification (molecular)
- Varroa count
- AFB detection (biochemical) and antibiotic resistance
- EFB detection (molecular)
- Tracheal Mite detection (molecular)
- Chalkbrood detection (molecular)
- Viruses: Acute Bee Paralysis Virus, Black Queen Cell Virus, Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus, Deformed Wing Virus, Israeli Acute Bee Paralysis Virus, Kashmir Bee Virus and Sacbrood Virus (molecular)
2. Chemical Residue Tests
CONFIDENTIAL services provided in partnership with the Government of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Chemistry Laboratory.
- Presence and identification of various antibiotic and or pesticide residues in honey, bees and pollen.