Laurence Auger, M.Sc.
My research aims to enable new tools to be made available for selective breeding by beekeepers, fast-forwarding the evolution of resistance in the honey bee.
My master’s project focuses on identifying the multiallelic regions responsible for the honey bee (Apis mellifera) resistance to the ectoparasite Varroa destructor (Suppressed Mite Reproduction), using genome-wide association studies (GWAS).
Apis mellifera is the most important domesticated pollinator and has a tremendous world-wide economical impact. V. destructor is a relatively newly adapted parasite of A. mellifera and one of the biggest threat to its host survival.
We will use the association of variable genetic markers (SNPs) to different levels of resistance (SMR) in honeybee to identify quantitative impact of genomic regions, using 100 hives from all around Quebec.