National Bee Diagnostic Centre
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GPRC's 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.
NBDC provides diagnostic services for beekeepers, researchers and agencies across Canada. We use microbiology, microscopy and molecular techniques to identify pathogens that affect pollinator health.
NBDC is proud to be one of 30 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-funded Technology Access Centres in Canada. As a member of the Tech Access Canada network, NBDC provides applied research, training, outreach, and innovation services for the beekeeping industry.
More than just Bees…
In addition to apiculture, the NBDC facility has the tools and resources to support research and diagnostics for a variety of industries across the agriculture and forestry sector (animal nutrition and forage quality, crop and animal residues, pest entomology, bioremediation). Our facility is equipped with the following:
- Level 2 Containment Lab
- 5-room molecular suite
- 4-day sample delivery/reception (all of Canada)
- Live insect sample capability
- Import permitting assistance
- Next Generation Sequencer (MiSeq)
- Fluorescence microscope
- Microtome (cryostat)
- Phase contrast compound microscopes
- Real time thermocyclers
- End-point thermocyclers
- Gel imager
- Hybridization oven
- Anaerobic incubators
- Sample homogenizers