Research

The Alberta Beekeepers Commission’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 identifies support for science-based innovation and research as one of our three guiding principles.

Research is essential for maintaining Alberta’s position as a global leader in bee health and in producing safe, pure and natural honey for the world.

Alberta Beekeepers Commission invests producer dollars into research that addresses these two goals. Other research funding comes from a $1 per hive levy received from our seed company partners for crop pollination services.

In 2017-18, ABC’s total investment commitment to the following research projects was $270,533. By working with other funders, identified below, we can leverage further funding to address our goals of healthy bees and pure, natural honey.

Goal One: Alberta is a leader in bee health.

In 2017/2018, the Commission continued to fund and support bee health related research and invested in a total of nine research projects:

ProjectYearsFundersTotal Cash AwardABC ContributionStatusCollaborators
Bee Researcher2012-2018ACIDF, ABC, Seed Companies$1.2M
$275,000 Complete AF
Honey Bee Health Surveillance2014-2018AAFC, CLC, MB, ABC$1.8M$74,000CompleteGPRC
Increased Sustainability Managing Bee Pests2014-2019ACIDF, ABC$553,858$115,000March 2019UofA, UoG, UoM, AF
Bang for Your Buzz2016-2019CARP, ABC$275,000$80,000March 2019AF, UofC, AAFC
Honey Bee Stock Performance Trial2016-2018ACIDF, ABC$105,000$35,000Feb 2019NBDC, AAFC, AF
A Study of Foulbrood in Canadian Apiaries2018-2021AF, ABC$330,000$15,000March 2021AAFC, GPRC
Fumagillin Feasibility Assessment2018ABC$12,000Complete
Fumagillin: re-establishing the supply chain2018ABC, GRIN$20,000$10,000Dec 2018
Comprehensive Comparison of Therapeutic Efficacy of Fumagillin-B, Prebiotics & Probiotics against Nosema Infection of Honey Bee Colonies2018-2020ABC$57,500$57,500Sept 2021WCVM, Sask Bee

Goal Two: Alberta Honey is seen as a safe, pure and natural product

Alberta is the number one honey producer in Canada, and the third largest in North America. We are proud of our honey and committed to telling the story of the value, benefits, and purity of Alberta honey. In 2018, through Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program (CAPP) funding opportunities, we continue to invest in food safety, traceability and public literacy programs.

The Commission is also working to strengthen diagnostic processes and build further diagnostic capacity thorough collaboration with other bee groups to better support producers and changing legislative requirements.