At the Honey Bee Research Centre our team conducts apiculture research primarily focused on honey bee health. We also provide apiculture courses, beekeeping courses and many other educational experiences.
The Ontario Agricultural College initiated apiculture training and research in 1894. In 1920, an apiculture building was built on campus that was the first of its kind in North America for beekeeping studies. Our current facilities include a molecular biology laboratory focusing on honey bee genetics and diseases, 13 apiaries for our 300 beehives, honey bee breeding stations on two islands in Lake Simcoe, an indoor colony overwintering room and the equipment necessary for all aspects of beekeeping and hive product processing.
Honey bees play a key role in agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability by providing pollination services to crops and wild plants. Our mandate is to help honey bees continue this vital work.
Help Us Help Bees
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.