Bee Maid Research Grants 2011

Posted By: Beemaid Admin

Bee Maid Supports Bee Research in Canada

Western Canada’s largest honey packer financially supports important bee related research.

Winnipeg, MB  June 13, 2011 - Bee Maid Honey Limited believes it is important to support bee research and each year the company evaluates project proposals in the areas of apiculture or pollination research.  Preference is given to the area of honey and the production of pure quality honey in the Canadian beekeeping industry. 

Bee Maid Honey Limited is proud to announce that they will be contributing financial assistance to the following research projects:

Integrated Management on Nosema & Detection of Antibiotic Residues


Dr. Stephen Pernal, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,

Beaverlodge Research Station, Beaverlodge, Alberta

Nosema ceranae is an emergent world-wide pathogen, and it, in combination with Nosema apis, have been linked to wide-scale losses of colonies in Europe and North America. The researchers propose to examine effective therapeutic management for these parasites and to generate a modern antibiotic residue dataset for fumagillin, the only registered ntimicrosporidial compound for bees. Their objectives are to:

1. Develop optimal application methods and dosages for fumagillin against N. ceranae;

2. Document residues associated with different methods of fumagillin application;

3. Screen alternative therapies for Nosema spp.; and

4. Examine the seasonal phenology of N. ceranae in Canada.

The data will benefit the Canadian beekeeping industry by providing optimal treatment options to control both microsporidian species causing nosema disease without contaminating honey with unwanted residues. It will also provide for the development of modern analytical techniques for the detection of fumagillin and its degradation products, which currently do not exist.

Furthermore, this research may lead to identifying other effective therapies so as to lessen dependency on fumagillin treatments. Overall, this project is required to improve the quality of Canadian honey bee health, and to safeguard against further large-scale colony losses.

Screening Alternative Novel Miticides For Varroa Control In An Integrated Pest Management System


Dr. Medhat Nasr, Lynae Vandervalk and Dr. Lloyd Dosdall

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Alberta has 260,000 bee colonies, which produce 40% of honey produced in Canada (Stats Canada 2010). The overall purpose of this project is to provide effective new methods to control varroa mites to keep honey bees healthy. The efficacy of several new miticides with different mode of action and new chemistry will be evaluated. Miticides will be screened for effectiveness against varroa mites and evaluated for safety on honey bees under laboratory conditions. Selected safe miticides that are effective against mites will go through further testing in field trials to evaluate efficacy under field honey production conditions and determine any residues in produced honey. Produced data and results from this study for proven effective and safe miticides will be utilized for supporting registration of miticides with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Thus, we will be able to provide more control options for use in integrated pest management.


Bee Maid Honey Limited is the marketing arm of the Alberta Honey Producers Co-operative Limited and the Manitoba Cooperative Honey Producers Limited.  Honey produced by beekeepers in western Canada is processed and packaged at Bee Maid’s Winnipeg, MB and Spruce Grove, AB plants.

Bee Maid Honey is proudly owned by Canadian Beekeepers.

For further information, please contact:

Guy Chartier


Bee Maid Honey Limited.

Phone: (204) 786 8977 Ext 234