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New article published by Packer lab

Congratulations to Rafael Ferrari, Laurence Packer, Tom Onuferko, and Spencer Monckton on their new new publication on the evolutionary history of the genus Colletes, also known as cellophane bees. Full article here:ā€¦  

Zayed Lab on York's 2019 top 10 list!

York University released a list of its top 10 moments of 2019. Coming in at number 4 is the BeeCSI project, led by Amro Zayed (and co-led by Leonard Foster, UBC). The project was recently awarded $10 million (Genome Canada and Ontario Genomics) to kick start a nation-wide honey bee genomics project. The group of […]

Australian Native Bee Conference - keynote presentations by BEEc

Two members of BEEc, Laurence Packer and Sandra Rehan, were invited to the 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference in Brisbane, Queensland last week (Dec 5-7). The two researchers were welcomed as keynote speakers at the conference. Packer presented on native bee diversity and taxonomy, while Sandra spoke about social evolution and behavioural genetics in small […]

Nature Inspiration Award to Dr. Laurence Packer!

Dr. Laurence Packer, BEEc lead researcher and distinguished research professor at York University, has been awarded the Nature Inspiration Award! We shared this news on Twitter last month, but this is a noteworthy accomplishment! Congratulations Laurence!   Bee expert Laurence Packer receives Nature Inspiration Award

Launch of BeeCSI nation-wide honey bee genome project

Amro Zayed (YorkU) and Leonard Foster (UBC) join a cross-nation team of researchers on a project to develop a new tool which will be used to assess and diagnose honey bee health. The aim of BeeCSI is to bring industrial modernization in the form of a new tool which will give a quick bee health […]

Toronto's Official Bee, š˜ˆš˜Øš˜¢š˜±š˜°š˜“š˜µš˜¦š˜®š˜°š˜Æ š˜·š˜Ŗš˜³š˜¦š˜“š˜¤š˜¦š˜Æš˜“ and Pollinate TO

This morning, Toronto's official bee, š˜ˆš˜Øš˜¢š˜±š˜°š˜“š˜µš˜¦š˜®š˜°š˜Æ š˜·š˜Ŗš˜³š˜¦š˜“š˜¤š˜¦š˜Æš˜“, was featured in the Toronto Star. The bee first received its unofficial title in the Bees of Toronto book, part of the city's biodiversity series. The book was written and composed by members of our BEEc team (L. Packer, S. Dumesh, S. Colla, and A. Zayed) as well […]