Canadian govt funds bee health research
The Canadian government has granted funding of over Can$250,000 (US$228,870) to a research organisation in the province of Quebec to test the effects of probiotic supplements on bee health. The Centre de recherche en sciences animals de Deschambault aims to develop feed additives to produce healthier and more productive pollinators. "This project will focus on the development of sustainable alternative strategies to control some particularly insidious diseases that are responsible for major losses in bee colonies," says Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux. Bee declines in Canada have been linked with neonicotinoid insecticides, but the industry has urged the government to broaden its examination of the challenges affecting bee populations beyond neonicotinoids (Agrow No 676, p 18).