Apicultural research in a northern climate

Our lab

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The honey bee has considerable environmental and economic value throughout the world, both for its honey production and its pollination services. Understanding its biology, behavior and the threats it faces is crucial to ensure its sustainability. In order to broaden our knowledge about beekeeping, our laboratory is conducting several research projects in collaboration with the Centre de Recherche en Sciences Animales de Deschambault (CRSAD). Our work takes place in a northern context and is mainly focused on the genetic selection and reproduction of the honey bee, commercial pollination, colony overwintering, bee nutrition and integrated control of the Varroa destructor parasite.

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© Mélissa Girard

© Mélissa Girard

© Mélissa Girard

Latest news

Lecture by researcher Yves Le Conte at Laval University

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Our lab recently had the pleasure of hosting researcher Yves Le Conte, Ph.D., research director at the Bees and Environment Research Unit at INRAE d'Avignon (Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment). During his stay, he gave a lecture on pheromones and social regulations of the honey bee, a field in which he is a pioneer. Listen to his lecture here

Title: Pheromones and social regulations of the honey bee: phenomena and disruptions 

Durée : 1h 28min                                                                                          21/06/2022

New members of our lab


Kim Ménard

MSc student

Gabriel Servant

MSc student

Anne Charlie Robert

Undergraduate student

A new publication in Agriculture

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Rousseau, A, and P. Giovenazzo. 2021. Successfull Indoor Mass Storage of Honeybee Queens (Apis mellifera) during winter. Agriculture 11(5): 402. 

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