Beekeeper Survey: Bee 'Omics Research Project 2015
You are being asked to participate in a research study. Before you give your consent to participate, it is important that you read and initial the following document to be sure you understand what you will be asked to do.

Bee ‘Omics Research Project Overview:

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Leonard Foster, Director, Centre for High-Throughput Biology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 604-822-9126

Dr. Shelley Hoover, Apiculture Researcher, Government of Alberta.
Dr. Steve Pernal, Apiculture Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Dr. Robert Currie, Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba.
Dr. Amro Zayed, Department of Biology, York University.
Dr. Miriam Bixby, Agricultural Economist, UBC.

Purpose of the Research:
You are being invited to take part in this research study because you are part of the beekeeping community and have valuable knowledge that will assist our research objective to identity and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of new queen breeding tools used to enhance honeybee colony health and domestic agricultural security and to model the current and potential queen supply sectors in Canada.

The data from this research will be used to model the Canadian honey beekeeping industry and queen breeding industries and the impact that new breeding tools will have on these industries in an effort to facilitate more secure, healthier honey bee colonies in the future.

If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete one or two surveys (beekeeping and/or bee breeding) that are available with a researcher readily available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have regarding the survey questions (Miriam Bixby (604) 808-1472,

Your participation in this survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes.

Potential Risks or Discomforts:
There are no foreseeable risks associated with the study.

Potential Benefits of the Research:
There are no direct benefits to the subjects of this study. However, the study has great potential to enrich our understanding of queen supply in Canada, which will enable accurate modelling of this industry and the impact that adopting new breeding tools will have on beekeeping and agricultural security in the future. The overall results from the study will be made publicly available through regional publications and conference presentations.

Confidentiality and Data Storage:
All documents will be identified only by code number and kept in a locked filing cabinet. Subjects will not be identified by name in any reports of the completed study. The responses to the surveys will not include any personal contact information (no names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, fax numbers, mailing addresses, or business/company names). The hard copies of the surveys will be kept in a locked cabinet in the lead researcher’s (Dr. Bixby) office and electronic survey data will be on a hard drive in Dr. Bixby’s office under password protection. No other researchers will have access to the data. The data will be stored for 5 years after completion of the study.

There is no remuneration or compensation offered for participation in this study.

Participation and Withdrawal:
Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or stop participation at anytime without penalty. To stop, simply stop answering the questions, and erase or leave your responses- the survey will be considered incomplete and will be discarded.

Questions about the Research:
If you have any questions about the research, you may contact
Dr. Leonard Foster, Foster Lab, UBC Centre for High-Throughput Biology
2125 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-822-9126

Contact for concerns about the rights of research subjects:
If you have any concerns about your treatment or rights as a research subject, you may contact the Research Subject Information Line in the UBC Office of Research Services at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail to

Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw from the study at any time without jeopardy to your personal or professional self. Your signature below indicates that you have received a copy of this consent form for your own records.
In what province(s) do you keep bees?
Please list all that apply.
How long have you been keeping bees? (years)
How many colonies did you keep last year?
How many colonies did you lose over last year’s winter?
In your opinion, what are the main reasons for your colony losses last year?
Please list all.
When you lose a colony, how do you choose to replace it?
Please choose all that apply.
If you have replaced a lost colony by purchasing a Nuc, how much does it cost?
Please enter dollar amount and where you get them from.
If you have replaced a lost colony by purchasing a Pckg, how much does it cost?
Please enter dollar amount and where you get them from.
If you split an existing colony to replace a lost one, how would you get the queen?
If you purchase a queen, how much does it cost?
Please enter dollar amount and where you get it from.
If you breed your own queens, what is the value of one of your queens? Please enter dollar amount.
If you breed your own queens, what qualities and methods do you use for selecting your bees?
Please list qualities and methods.
When you replace a colony, what of the following do you need to do? (Choose all that apply)
How much does it cost you to replace a lost colony?
Please list the types of labour (and hrs) and materials needed along with each cost.
How much would you be willing to pay to receive a colony as productive as the one you lost that required no additional preparation expenses or labour?
Please enter dollar amount.
How much would you be willing to pay to receive a very healthy, productive colony that required no additional preparation expense or labor?
Please enter dollar amount.
Do you have any experience with breeding queens using laboratory markers for different queen traits (Leonard Foster, Steve Pernal, Rob Currie's on-going research projects with marker-assisted selection)?
If yes please elaborate.
Would you be interested in sending bee samples to a government or private lab to be tested for desirable qualities such as temperament, survival, disease/pathogen resistance, honey production etc..?
Please answer Yes,No, or Maybe and why.
What qualities do you look for when purchasing a queen?
Please list all. If same as qualities when breeding (Q.13), pls indicate this.
What would you be willing to pay for a queen with your desired qualities?
Please list each quality in order of importance.
If you could purchase a queen that was government certified as having your top two most desirable qualities (eg. honey production and overwintering survival), how much would you pay for it?
Please indicate your two top qualities and the amount you would pay for a queen with these qualities.
Would you pay more for a queen that was certified as having specific qualities than an un-certified queen advertised as having those same qualities?
Please answer yes, no or maybe and elaborate.
When do you need to have your queens bought/bred by to have the most productive season?
Please indicate month and part of month (early, middle, late)
Would you rather buy a local queen adapted to your local climate than buy abroad?
Please answer yes, no, or maybe and elaborate.
How much would you pay extra per queen to avoid any risk of border closure or unwanted pathogen import when buying a queen?
Please enter dollar amount per queen.
Please list what you believe are the biggest risks to safe, secure, healthy, productive beekeeping in Canada.
Do you think that increasing queen breeding and supply WITHIN Canada would help to create a healthier, more independent Canadian beekeeping industry?
Please answer yes, no, or maybe and elaborate.
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