Hot off the press: BEEc researcher Amro Zayed and PhD candidate Nadia Tsvetkov have a new publication out in the Journal of Experimental Biology on how group size affects learning and memory in honey bees. They found the group size did affect how bees respond to sugar rewards and how they learn to discriminate between sugar […]
York University’s Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation group (bees.yorku.ca) is a new interdisciplinary research and training initiative. Collectively, we are able to apply a diversity of tools to advance scientific research on bees, the world's most important group of pollinators. We are looking for a full-time research assistant with excellent communication skills to develop written […]
BEEc is happy to announce that the registration and abstract submission for BeeCon 2019, to held at York University on August 26th 2019 has opened. Click here to register and submit abstracts! Our Keynote speaker for BeeCON 2019 will be Dr. Ricardo Ayala Barajas from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México!
A team of researchers led by BEEc co-director Dr. Amro Zayed mapped out parts of the honey bee genome that affect hygienic behaviour - a trait that allows honey bee colonies to resist the spread of pathogens and disease. Please see the official press release. Brock A Harpur, M Marta Guarna, Elizabeth Huxter, Heather Higo, […]
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Amro Zayed was elected as the President of the Entomological Society of Ontario - Canada's oldest entomological society. He will serve as President Elect till November 2019, then as President till November 2020, then as Past President till November 2021. More info on the society can be found […]
Our 2018 BeeCon was the biggest BeeCon ever with 86 registered attendees. Check out coverage of the BeeCon on Y-file.
Congrats to Nadia Tsvetkov (PhD candidate, Zayed lab) for wining the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) Student Merit Award. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists Student Merit Award was established to recognize outstanding achievement by a student in the field of apiculture. Nadia received the award at the CAPA AGM held in London Ontario (Nov 2018) and […]
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A massive collaborative undertaking by BEEc co-directors Colla and Zayed and their team led to the development of the first genome of an at-risk bumblebee. The researchers sequenced and analyzed 20 individual genomes of the yellow banded bumblebee; an at-risk species that has substantially declined in Canada and the US. The genome will help us […]
A new study by BEEc researchers find that similarities in social behaviour are associated with similarities in adaptive evolution in social insects. Dogantzis, K.A., Harpur, B.A., Rodriques, A., Beani, L., Toth, A.L. and Zayed, A. (2018). Insects with similar social complexity show convergent patterns of adaptive molecular evolution. Nature Scientific Reports. 8:10388. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-28489-5 [link]