The University of Guelph has a long history with apiculture dating back to 1894 when the first beekeeping courses were taught at the Ontario Agricultural College. In 1920, an Apiculture building was built on campus at the present site of the University Centre and was the first of its kind in North America for beekeeping studies. In 1966, the apiculture facilities were moved to the current location on Stone Road. These facilities are unique not only in Ontario, but also in Canada. No other university or research centre in the country possesses more beekeeping infrastructure than the University of Guelph. We provide leading cutting‐edge research focusing on basic bee biology and genetics, addressing international concerns about bee health, and meeting the needs of Ontario’s multimillion dollar agricultural industry.
The Honey Bee Research Centre under the direction of Dr Ernesto Guzman along with Apiary Manager Paul Kelly, work together to offer honey bee education to a wide variety of students from both the University of Guelph and enthusiastic beekeepers.
Bees play a key role in the productivity of Canadian agriculture through the pollination of fruits and vegetables. Honey bees have a crucial role in pollinating many of our staple crops. Without effective pollination we would face higher food costs and potential shortages.
Supporting Honey Bee Health Projects
Through the generosity of our philanthropic partners, the private funds we raise for the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph will help researchers and graduate students identify and understand the various diseases, parasites and environmental impacts affecting honey bees today. We are uniquely qualified to investigate declining populations of honey bees and to provide solutions. Our expertise also includes honey bee breeding and genetics. This knowledge has the potential to improve the beekeeping industry and help beekeepers worldwide.
Bee diseases and parasites, pesticides and habitat destruction have created a honey bee crisis. You can help bees by supporting our efforts to keep bees healthy. With your help, bee research and education will thrive for generations to come.