Research & Projects

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:

TitleProject/ResearchYearsFundersTotal Cash AwardABC ContributionStatusCollaborators
Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Public Agriculture Literacy Program - Telling Our StoryProject2018-2020ABC, CAP$119,000$29,750March 2020
Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Net-Zero Indoor Overwintering Facility Design For The Alberta Commercial Beekeeping IndustryProject2018-2020ABC, CAP$139,900$17,500December 2020
A pilot study to compare the efficacy of oxalic acid sublimation devices to control Varroa mite in AlbertaResearch2019AAFComplete
Comprehensive Comparison of Therapeutic Efficacy of Fumagillin-B, Prebiotics & Probiotics against Nosema Infection of Honey Bee ColoniesResearch2018-2020ABC$57,500$57,500Sept 2021WCVM, Sask Bee
Honey Spray Drying - phase 2Project2018-2020ABC, AF$5200April 2020
A Study of Foulbrood in Canadian ApiariesResearch2018-2021AF, ABC$330,000$15,000March 2021AAFC, GPRC
Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Risk Mitigation Program - Food SafetyProject2019-2020ABC, CAP$76,000$19,000April 2020
Tech Transfer Program - Canadian Agricultural PartnershipProject2019-2023ABC, CAP$667,375$166,845.75February 2023
Bee ResearcherResearch2012-2018ACIDF, ABC, Seed Companies$1.2M
$275,000 Complete AF
Honey Bee Health SurveillanceResearch2014-2018AAFC, CLC, MB, ABC$1.8M$74,000CompleteGPRC
Increased Sustainability Managing Bee Pest (Varroa Mites and Nosema) for Alberta Beekeepers (Project 2014C004R)Research2014-2019ACIDF, ABC$553,858$115,000CompleteUofA, UoG, UoM, AF
Honey Bee Stock Performance TrialResearch2016-2018ACIDF, ABC$105,000$35,000Complete
NBDC, AAFC, AF
Re-Supply of Fumagilin-B to Alberta & Strategic Plan for Development of Fumagillin AlternativesProject2018ABC, GRIN$20,000$10,000Complete
Options for New Production of Fumagillin for Apiary Use in AlbertaProject2018ABC$12,000Complete
Getting more bang for your buzz: Does pollination compensate for canola yield lost under sub-optimal soil moisture, nitrogen fertilization and/or seeding rates?Research2016-2019CARP, ABC$275,000$80,000CompleteAF, UofC, AAFC
Honey Authenticity Testing by NMR: A Market Impact AssessmentProject2019ABC, GRIN, MTN$15,000$5000Complete
Economic Benefits of Honey Bees in AlbertaResearch2019ABMI$23,000-Complete
Overwintering Honeybees: Detailed DesignProject2019ABC--CompleteUofA
Exploring Export Market Opportunities - United Arab EmiratesProject2019ABC, Grant MacEwan--Complete

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.