About eight years ago, honeybee colonies started to die off with enough frequency to be noticeable. Three or four years ago, they began to collapse in alarming numbers all around the world, particularly in North America. Since then, beekeepers have reported losing about a third of their honeybee hives and colonies every year — about three times the historical average. In 2014 alone, beekeepers in the U.S. saw 42 per cent of their colonies collapse.
We’re not genetically modifying bees. We’re using modern molecular tools to do the same thing that people have done with their crops and farm animals for generations: namely, selectively breeding for the traits that are valuable to us as humans, only we’re doing it faster and more efficiently.
Change the world.
UBC takes this assignment seriously. As a leading research university, helping to create new thinking in the world is more than just doing coursework — it is a commitment to finding global solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
And it requires us to challenge convention. Ask Why? Pioneer. Explore. Create. Discover.
Because our world is in need of urgent answers.
Answers that will allow us to breathe easier, live longer, heal from disease, mentor potential, and spark new knowledge that will improve lives, not only in our community, but around the planet.
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