National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC)

Northwestern Polytechnic (Grande Prairie Regional College), Beaverlodge, Alberta
What the facility does

The only dedicated laboratory in Canada providing comprehensive diagnostic services to the beekeeping industry for a healthy, sustainable and profitable apiculture.

Areas of expertise

The National Bee Diagnostic Centre provides critical diagnostic services to beekeepers, researchers, provincial and federal agencies and industry as its contribution towards a healthy, sustainable and profitable apiculture industry in Canada. We employ microbiology, microscopy and molecular techniques in order to identify pests, pathogens and parasites affecting honeybees.

Research services
  • Project management
  • Technology development
  • Sample analysis and testing
  • Scientific and technological monitoring
  • Technology validation and transfer
  • Design of experiment
  • Interactive workshop sessions
  • Design, development, and delivery of customized training
  • Connections to co-op placement opportunities
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Networking events
  • Presentation of results at conferences
  • Publishing in peer reviewed literature
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Industry-specific events and symposia
  • Evening speaker series
  • Participation at trade shows and other venues with or on behalf of partners
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food


Fluorescent microscope and compound microscopes

Microtome – Cryostat

Next Generation Sequencer

Real Time Quantitative Thermocycler and end-point thermocycler

Image analyzer


Hybridization oven

Incubators for anaerobic conditions



Welcome to the National Bee Diagnostic Centre.

NBDC Helps Alberta Honey Producer Keep Hives Healthy.

I visited a CSI crime lab, but for bees.