Bee ‘Omics Research Project Overview:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Leonard Foster, Director, Centre for High-Throughput Biology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 604-822-9126
Co-Investigator(s): 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. Procedures: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, firstname.lastname@example.org). 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. Remuneration/Compensation: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 Biology2125 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4Phone: 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 RSIL@ors.ubc.ca.
Consent: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.