Beenomics: Developing more Sustanibly Honey Bees

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Can you imagine to rear honey bee colonies resistant to varroa and other bee diseases, with the capability to increase honey production and overcome harsh winters?

“Hot dream” of every beekeeper can soon become a reality.

Canadian scientist Amro Zayed at Toronto’s York University and Leonard Foster at the University of British Columbia have started project named Beenomics.

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Idea behind The Beenomics Project

It all started due to very bad situation that the honey bees are facing today. In Canada last year beekeepers had to face terrible 50 % of honey bees decline, in the U. S., the number was 42 % and in Europe the honey bee colonies decline vary from 5 % in Norway to 25 % in Austria.

Almost all colonies are controlled by genetics they have. For example, how much honey will be collected depends from around 25 % of genetics.

The goal of the Beenomics project is to develop tools that would allow beekeepers to read the genetic code of individual bee colonies and then use this to bread honey bee colonies with particular qualities.

Amro Zayed (Toronto’s York University) said:

“We’re just creating a set of tools that beekeepers can use to propagate the bees that do best in their conditions and where they live,”

You can read the full article ->> CBC News.

To find an optimal genetic code and then breed honey bee colonies with the ability to overcome modern problems that are honey bees facing is great news for beekeepers.

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