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Do you know your bees? Researchers find Canadians lack bee knowledge

TORONTO, October 28, 2020 – How well do you know your bees? York University researchers have found bee knowledge in Canada lacking with about half of those surveyed thinking honey bees are wild and native to Canada. They’re not. They were brought over from Europe and are managed by beekeepers like other farm animals, such […]

York U study: European ancestry plays role in ‘killer’ honey bees’ aggressiveness

TORONTO, July 7, 2020 – What causes African hybrid honey bees (AHB), also known as killer bees, to be highly defensive and aggressive? York University researchers have found it was the mixing of African and European genetics that led to hyper-aggression in this invasive strain of honey bees. AHBs are a genetics experiment gone wrong. […]

Scientists set to start $10M project to create health diagnosis tool for bees

York University to develop ‘BeeCSI’ tool to help Canada’s rapidly declining honey bees TORONTO, September 18, 2019 – When Canada’s honey bees are thriving, they produce honey and pollinate valuable crops like blueberries, apples and hybrid canola seeds. But the health of honey bees is declining, with more than a quarter of honey bee colonies […]

New genetic test will improve biosecurity of honey bees around the globe

TORONTO, April 22, 2015 — A genetic test that can prevent ‘killer’ bees from spreading around the world has been created in a research effort led by University of Sydney scholars jointly with York University scientists. “Our genetic test is highly accurate and considerably more sophisticated than the old tests that have a high tendency […]