Tag Archives: honeybees

Biologists identify honeybee “clean” genes known for improving survival

York University research may help save rapidly declining bees TORONTO, February 15, 2019 – The key to breeding disease-resistant honeybees could lie in a group of genes – known for controlling hygienic behaviour – that enable colonies to limit the spread of harmful mites and bacteria, according to genomics research conducted at York University. Some […]

Exposure to neonics results in early death for honeybee workers and queens, York U study

TORONTO, Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Worker and queen honeybees exposed to field realistic levels of neonicotinoids die sooner, reducing the health of the entire colony, a new study led by York University biologists has found. The researchers were also surprised to find that the neonicotinoid contaminated pollen collected by the honeybees came not from […]

Genomic project gets $7.3M to breed Canadian winter-hardy honeybees

TORONTO, November 4, 2015 – Canada’s honeybees, imported mostly from warm southern climes, are dying in the Canadian cold. About a quarter of the colonies die each winter forcing beekeepers to bring in more from the United States, increasing the risk of importing aggressive “killer” bees or new diseases. Bee genomics expert Professor Amro Zayed […]