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Jenna Scharnowski
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Jenna Scharnowski

Jenna works at the HBRC as an apiary research technician. She aids in the care of the HBRC’s hives and assists with the research being conducted. In the fall of 2022, Jenna will be entering her fourth year of studying Environmental Science at the University of Guelph and beginning her newly declared minor in Microbiology. For her Co-op,...

Kathryn Knowles
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Kathryn Knowles

Kathryn is one of our Apiary Research Assistants at the HBRC. After volunteering at the HBRC in the fall of 2021, she returned in May as a Co-op student with the University of Guelph. Kathryn assists our team in the maintenance and inspection of honey bee colonies, queen rearing, and any research aspirations of the...

Hema Hemraj
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Hema Hemraj

Hema Hemraj is a volunteer with the HBRC. She started her Masters at the University of Guelph in 2021 in Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on carbon sequestration in soil.  Hema loves to learn about bees and fungi, almost as much as she likes eating honey and mushrooms! She hopes to BEE a beekeeper and have...

Serena Causton
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Serena Causton

Serena joined the HBRC in 2022 as an Apiary Research Technician. She begins her second year studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in the fall of 2022. Serena assists with field work in the bee yards and spends time in the lab helping out with research projects concerning honey bee health. This is her...

Volunteer Feature: Wendy Shipsides
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Volunteer Feature: Wendy Shipsides

“I had a lifelong curiosity with bees,” says Wendy Shipsides, a volunteer with the HBRC since 2014. After taking the Introductory Beekeeping course with the University of Guelph, she soon became interested and began volunteering only a few short weeks later. Since she started, Wendy has been a regular volunteer with the centre every Thursday. ...

Team Update: Monique Dulong
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Team Update: Monique Dulong

Monique Dulong, a member of the Honey Bee Research Centre since 2021, has just finished her second year of Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph. As a student in the Co-operative Education stream, Monique has been able to return to the research centre as a full-time Co-op student for the summer semester.  Since coming to the...

Research Brief
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Research Brief

Alvaro De la Mora Peña is a PhD Candidate here at the Honey Bee Research Centre. Alongside others, his research on honey bees at the University of Guelph is creating a real buzz of excitement! “We know that honey bees (Apis mellifera) contribute to the production of more than 30% of the food consumed by...

Product Feature: Propolis Products
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Product Feature: Propolis Products

Our revamped propolis products are now on the shelf, ready to be purchased! Discover our various propolis products on shophbrc.com and enjoy their new look. We offer propolis tincture in dropper and spray bottles. Our 45g propolis honey jars are also perfect for easy storage in first aid kits. Propolis, also known as ‘bee glue’,...

Donor Spotlight: The Dunlop Family
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Donor Spotlight: The Dunlop Family

We would like to thank the Dunlop family and highlight their contributions in this edition of our newsletter. Kendra and Brock Dunlop attended one of our spring beekeeping courses in 2017 and have become very generous sponsors of our HBRC program. The workshop in our new Honey Bee Research Centre building will be named in Kendra’s...

Hive Update Spring 2022
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Hive Update Spring 2022

It was an interesting spring here at the HBRC! A cool early spring led into later high temperatures and good foraging opportunities for our bees.  We anticipated high colony losses over the winter given that the varroa mite levels were higher earlier last summer. This caused some of our hives to dwindle in strength in the...