New genome for an at-risk bumblebee

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 better understand the factors underlying the species’s decline.

Please see the press release, the paper online, and news coverage on the study.