GPRC announces plans to expand national centre for bee diagnostics

June 27, 2017

Grande Prairie Regional College has unveiled plans for the expansion of their National Bee Diagnostic Centre - Technology Access Centre (NBDC-TAC), which has been in operation since 2013. Located in Beaverlodge, Alberta, the centre is reportedly the first comprehensive laboratory in Canada to provide a full array of diagnostic services for honeybee pests, pathogens, and parasites. At its current size, NBDC-TAC is unable to keep up with demand for its diagnostic services. Director of GPRC Research & Innovation, Bruce Rutley, unveiled the expansion plans and explained the ultimate objective is to establish the college’s NBDC-TAC as a National Centre of Excellence for Bees. According to Rutley, the expansion will increase capacity and help facilitate regional and international partnerships. GPRC