Baseline study of NL honey bee genetics


Research is required to develop an accurate genetic profile of our domestic honey bee strain to provide guidance for future breeding programs. For example, whatever varroosis resistance was bred into this strain through the efforts of the Skinner family, it is likely to have receded significantly over the last ten years given the fact that hygienic behaviours and other forms of resistance are not stable over multiple generations. Genetics research could also guide breeding with respect to improving winter hardiness and other traits, guide individual or collective beekeeper breeding strategies, and assist commercial beekeepers in out-of-province marketing of queens and other clean-bee products.

Start date 
5 Apr 2017