Bee Breeder 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:
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
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.
Please initial below to indicate that you consent to participate in this study.
Do you live and keep bees in Canada or the U.S. ?
Please select one or both that applies to you.
Are you a honeybee queen breeder?.
How long have you been breeding honeybees (years)?
Please indicate in which state(s)/province(s) you keep bees.
Please list all that apply.
What types of honeybees have you bred? (please list all)
How many colonies did you keep last year?
How many queens did you breed last year?
How many queens did you sell last year?
When do your queen buyers want to have their queens delivered by? (month)
What are the barriers to breeding and selling more queens each year?
What methods do you use for breeding? (please list all)
How much does it cost you to breed one queen?
Please be as specific as you can in listing each of the components and their costs.
What is the timing of your queen production each season?
Please include a detailed outline of each activity that is involved in the breeding process and when and how long each is conducted.
Do you conduct selective breeding?
Yes all the time
If you conduct selective breeding, what qualities do you select for when breeding?
Please list all.
Do you charge more money (a premium) for queens with certain qualities?
Yes all the time
If you answered yes above, please list the qualities and the dollar amount you charge.
How do you negotiate your queen prices?
For example, do you negotiate a written contract, negotiate orally, set prices through advertising etc...
Do you have any experience with selecting for queen attributes based on any of the following:
Choose as many as apply.
Laboratory tested markers (Leonard Foster, Rob Currie, Steve Pernal's on-going research projects)
If you have heard of the laboratory tested markers (marker-assisted selection), please describe your experience.
If you could send your bees to be tested at a private or government lab for qualities like survival, temperament, honey production, disease and pathogen resistance, would you?
Please elaborate on your previous answer.
If you would pay to have your bees tested, please indicate how much:
More than $50/queen
Less than $20/queen
What are the benefits of being a queen breeder?
Please list all.
What are the challenges of being a queen breeder?
Please list all in order of most challenging to least.
What do you see as the future for queen breeding in your country?
How many queens could you have ready for sale in the spring and what is the earliest time they could be ready?
What are the barriers (if any) to having more queens ready by April or May?
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