The APIS project focused on the identifications of biomarkers of disease resistance in honey bees. Although treatments are available, increased drug resistance and the concern of chemical residues make selective breeding of resistant bee stock the most desirable solution. The APIS project aims to identify protein markers to develop molecular tools for accelerating and strengthening the selection process. It also includes Social Sciences component, which aims to develop an economic model of honey bee diseases and quantify their effects on the beekeeping industry, honey production and pollination services.
The group has been delivering a series of biomarkers that could be used for marker-assisted selection in bees. Based on this, the application to Genome Canada’s LSARP competition was selected for funding.