We’re sav­ing the bees

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story - —Kerry Banks

Find­ing aso­lu­tion to the dy­ing honeybee pop­u­la­tion is a vi­tal goal for sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, as com­mer­cial bee pol­li­na­tion con­trib­utes an es­ti­mated $4.6 bil­lion to the Cana­dian econ­omy (and, you know, helps pro­duce enough food for the hu­man race to sur­vive). “We’re try­ing to se­lec­tively breed for traits that are valu­able to us,” says UBC molec­u­lar bi­ol­o­gist Dr. Leonard Foster—th­ese fu­ture breeds will hope­fully be re­sis­tant to dis­ease, pro­duce more honey and be bet­ter able to sur­vive Cana­dian win­ters.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.