Extracting the DNA of drones the queen mated with to improve the diversity of the colonies and the resistance they have against different pathogens
|Type of institution|
Grande Prairie Regional College, 106 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB, Canada
|I have a knowledge mobilization grant.|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting|
Introduce your team
My name is Shakiba and I am a third-year chemistry student at York University. I am a Co-Op student here at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre working on the 2017 Stock Assessment Project.
Describe your research
The project I’m working on involves extracting the DNA of drones the queen mated with. Essentially the more drones that the queen mates with increases the diversity or variation of the colonies and this translates into having a stronger colony.
So the more diverse the hive, is the better resistance they have against different pathogens and the more productive they could be and the more behaviors they could exhibit.