The beekeeping industry has been growing in the past decade, with more than 25,000 honey bee hives now calling Nova Scotia home. Hives are used for both pollination services (e.g. apple, lowbush blueberry) and honey production.
To welcome and train the many new beekeepers within the industry, several opportunities have arisen. For example, the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture (ATTTA), based at Perennia, was formed in April 2016 to provide extension and research services for honey bees. New courses have been developed, and training opportunities and guest speakers have also been created.
Nova Scotia is known for its delicious, high-quality honey. Honey is sold directly to consumers as well as in bulk. Pollination services provided by honey bees contribute to the significant wild blueberry industry in the Maritimes.
Innovative research is being conducted in Nova Scotia by the Tech Transfer Team, including optimizing pollination, enhancing overwintering success, better managing pests and diseases, and improving overall bee health. Beekeepers are eager to participate in research trials and continue to move the industry forward.
- Evaluating the effect of feeding pollen substitute to honey bee colonies destined for wild blueberry pollination in Colchester County, Nova Scotia
- A Closer Look at Splitting and Nucleus vs Packages Buildup
- Maritime Queens: The importance of producing or purchasing local queens
- Cell Builder Cheat Sheet
- Varroa Mite Management Options for Atlantic Canada
Des options pour la gestion de l’acarien Varroa au Canada Atlantique
- Evaluating the Effect of Honey Bee Stocking Density on Bee Growth and Fruit Development in Wild Blueberry
Évaluation des effets de la densité de ruches d’abeilles mellifères sur la croissance des colonies et sur le développement des fruits du bleuet sauvage
- Summer Disease and Pest Monitoring in Honey Bees
Dépistage estival des maladies et ravageurs chez l’abeille mellifère