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 Research Personnel and contributions-The Saskatraz Research Team.

The continued professional assistance of Meadow Ridge Employees since the inception of the project in 2004 (Tom Robertson, Neil Morrison, Jennifer Robertson and Cecilia Robertson) for helping with Saskatraz selections, maintenance, honey harvesting, yield analyses and reporting as well as multiplying breeding stock for distribution to queen breeders and commercial beekeepers has made this project possible. We were fortunate to have John Pedersen help with breeding stock multiplication and distribution in 2006. The Principal Investigator, Dr. Albert  J. Robertson volunteered most of  his time in kind  for experimental design, colony selection, data analysis, data presentation, writing grant applications and publications, as well as grafting, propagation, and distribution of breeding stock for members of the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association. We are grateful to John Gruszka not only for his help with mite analyses at the Provincial Apiculture Labs, but for his dedicated and loyal support of the project.  We thank Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim for assisting with the breeding program April to December 2007. Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim helped perform initial recurrent selection analyses on Saskatraz breeding families for varroa suppression and assayed colonies for hygienic behavior. He also assisted with stock distribution, honey production analyses, and establishing closed population apiaries for stock maintenance and mating. Dr. Felipe Brizuela assisted with stock distribution, recurrent selection, Saskatraz varroa analyses and closed population breeding procedures from June 2008 to October 2008, and April 2009 to November 2009. Felipe also assisted with a feasibility study in Chile for multiplying Saskatraz stock January-March 2009. Mohammad Mostajeran has worked on the Saskatraz project since July 2008. His work has focused on varroa analyses at the Saskatraz natural selection yardsite. He has also worked on recurrent selection procedures for varroa population growth on outcrossed Saskatraz stock, new selections and establishing and improving closed population breeding methods. His work has also involved morphometrics and progeny analyses of Saskatraz daughters during indoor wintering for grooming behavior, hygienic behavior and pathogen analyses. We are pleased to have the expert technical assistance of Bruce Mann, GenServe Labs, SRC and Wayne Connor, VIDO, U of S. The expert help of Rob Peace with the preparation of power point presentations, manuscripts and microscopic analyses is gratefully acknowledged. We are also grateful to Wink Howland for taking care of financial statements and payroll, and all of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba beekeepers that donated breeding stock to the program.


(iv) Equipment and Materials

All equipment for operation and maintaining hives was supplied in kind by Meadow Ridge Enterprises Ltd. Meadow Ridge also supplied land, 50 apiaries, buildings and laboratory facilities in kind (microscope, insemination equipment, cameras, photo’s, computer, incubators) for mite analyses and specialized breeding. Some costs were incurred to upgrade insemination equipment and microscope capabilities, as well as add a laptop computer. Vehicles were used at standard mileage costs. Direct costs were incurred to purchase sticky boards for varroa mite analyses, brood and bees for nucs and cell builders for SBA cell and breeder queen sales, and specialized apinovar bottom boards to efficiently sample varroa populations. The provincial apiculture lab, Prince Albert, Sk, supplied alcohol and sample bottles for sampling mites and provided tracheal mite analyses.

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