Ontario Honey Bee Health Research


To examine the decreased sustainability of honey bee health and productivity in Ontario using a multifactorial epidemiological approach


Our approach

Researchers around the world have looked at several ways to better understand and maintain the health of honey bees, but few have used an Epidemiological approach to do so. In a real-life situation much different from a laboratory, honey bee health is affected by many “risk factors”, such as nutrition, diseases, chemicals, pesticides, climate, and more. The Epidemiological approach is unique in that it studies how all these risk factors work together to affect honey bee health in the field. We collect the risk factor information through existing and new data (via a beekeeper questionnaire) and perform rigorous statistical analysis to predict patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease in honey bees.

This type of approach is often used to sift through broad and complex topics. Results from these types of studies are often used to inform policy makers, provide best practice recommendations, and direct future research.


Who is Novometrix?

Novometrix Research Inc. is an independent contract research organization responsible for this research study. Led by President Dr. Jeff Wilson, a veterinarian and PhD Epidemiologist, Novometrix has partnered with academics, government, and industry to build the “Healthy Bees Buzz” research team. Our core belief is that health is interconnected across all species and the world we live in, and includes public health, animal health, and environmental health. This “One Health” approach is carried throughout all of our research. We excel at bringing people together to drive towards solutions which enhance the agri-food industry.


How is this research funded?

Funding for this research is generously provided by the OMAFRA New Directions Research Program.

Study Timeline


The timeline for this research project is as follows:

Data collection (questionnaire):             March 2015

Data analysis:                                               March-September 2015

Preliminary results available:                  Summer/Fall 2015

Present final results:                                   Spring 2016

How can you help?

At this time the survey has been conducted. We encourage you to keep an eye out for our results to be released when they are ready.

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