Bee Maid Supports Bee Research in Canada

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April 14, 2009

Bee Maid Supports Bee Research in Canada

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


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

Beaverlodge Research Station, Beaverlodge, Alberta


A study on the integrated Management of Nosema & Detection of

Antibiotic Residues. Nosema ceranae is an emergent world-wide pathogen,

and it, in combination with N. apis, has been linked to wide scale

depopulation of colonies in North America and Europe. This study will search

for more effective chemotherapeutic controls for these parasites and

generate a modern antibiotic residue dataset for fumagillin-based therapies.



Dr. Dave Shutler, Associate Professor,

Acadia University

Wolfville, Nova Scotia


To study the effects of over-wintering environment on Nosema disease in

western honey bees (Apis mellifera). Western honey bees (Apis mellifera)

are parasitized by two microsporidians, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae.

Pathology and management of N. apis, the only previously know

microsporidian parasite of western honey bees, is well-described; however, it

is less understood in N. ceranae, a parasite formerly restricted to Asian honey

bees (Apis cerana). N. ceranae appears to be more virulent than its

congener, therefore, it is important to study factors that may affect disease

development. The objective is to study effects of indoor and outdoor overwintering

on N. ceranae disease in western honey bee colonies. It is not

known how over-wintering can be incorporated into an integrated pest

management approach to Nosema control.


Bee Maid considered project proposals in the area of apiculture or pollination research.  Preference was given to the area of honey, and the production of pure quality honey in the Canadian beekeeping industry.  Bee Maid Honey is the marketing organization owned by the Alberta Honey Producers Cooperative Ltd. and the Manitoba Cooperative Honey Producers Ltd.  Both member owned Cooperatives have lead the beekeeping industry in their support for beekeeping research. 


For further information, please contact:

Guy Chartier

Bee maid honey Limited.

Phone: (204) 783-2240 Ext 234