Professor, Head

Room 218 Entomology Building
Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 2N2 CANADA

Telephone: (204) 474-6022
Facsimile: (204) 474 7628
Email: rob_currie@umanitoba.ca

Research Interests:

  • Regulation of reproduction in bees
  • Importance of floral odours as an attractant to honey bees
  • Control measures for the varroa mite, a parasite of honey bees
  • Fumigation treatments for the varroa mite in winter.
  • Regulation of queen replacement in honey bee colonies
  • Improving feed quality in honey bees
  • Regulation of oviposition in the varroa mite
  • Sound detection by varroa mites
  • Modelling honey bee population growth and honey production
  • Selection for varroa resistance in honey bee stock

Recent Papers and Publications:

Articles in Journals (refereed) submitted, in press and published (Since 2010)
Marta Guarna, Shelley Hoover, Elizabeth Huxter, Heather Higo, Kyung-Mee Moon, Domonik Domanski, Miriam EF Bixby, Andony P Melathopoulos, Abdullah Ibrahim, Michael Peirson, Suresh Desai, Derek Micholson, Rick White, Christoph H Borchers, Robert W Currie, Stephen F Pernal, Leonard Foster.  2017. Expression biomarkers used for the selective breeding of complex polygenic traits.  bioRxiv, 2016 preprint.  Article submitted to Nature`s Scientific Reports (in revision)

Bixby, Miriam, Baylis, Kathy, Hoover, Shelley E., Currie, Rob W., Melathopoulos, Andony P., Foster, Leonard J.,  Pernal, Stephen F., and M. Marta Guarna.  2017A Bio-Economic Case Study of Canadian Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies: Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) in Queen Breeding Affects Beekeeper Profits.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 2017, 1–10 doi: 10.1093/jee/tox077

Vanderwel, Desiree, Bacala C., Bacala R and  R Currie. 2017. Clarification of the role of 4-methylnonanol, female-produced sex pheromone of the yellow mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Journal of Stored Products Research.  70, 60-64.

Desai, Suresh D. and Robert W. Currie,  2016.  Effects of Wintering Environment and Parasite–Pathogen Interactions on Honey Bee Colony Loss in North Temperate Regions. PLoS ONE 11(7):e0159615 · July 2016

Suresh, D. Desai, S. Kumar and R. W. Currie.  2016. Occurrence, detection and quantification, of economically important viruses in healthy and unhealthy honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae), colonies in Canada.  Canadian Entomologist 148: 22-35

Bahreini, R. and R.W. Currie.  2015.  The Influence of Nosema (Microspora: Nosematidae) infection on Varroa mite (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) Mortality in Honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae)  Journal of Insect Pathology JIP-14-189 under final revision.

Bahreini Rassol and R. W. Currie. 2015.   The Potential of Bee-Generated Carbon Dioxide for Control of Varroa Mite (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in Indoor Overwintering Honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies.  Journal of Economic Entomology. doi:10.1093/jee/tov202

Bahreini Rassol and R. W. Currie. 2015.   Influence of Honey Bee Genotype and Wintering Method on Wintering Performance of Varroa destructor (Parasitiformes: Varroidae)-Infected Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies in a Northern Climate Journal of Economic Entomology. doi: 10.1093/jee/tov164

Suresh, D. Desai and R. W. Currie. 2015.  Genetic diversity within honey bee colonies affects pathogen load and relative virus levels in honey bees, Apis mellifera L. Behav Ecol Sociobiol.  DOI 10.1007/s00265-015-1965-2

Bahreini, R. and R.W. Currie.  2015. The effect of queen pheromone status on Varroa mite removal from honey bee colonies with different grooming ability"  Experimental and Applied Entomology Manuscript Volume 66(3): 383-397.

Suresh D. Desai, Young-Jae Eu, Steven Whyard and Robert W. Currie. 2012. Prevention of deformed wing virus infection in larval and adult honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) by dsRNA ingestion.    Insect Molecular Biology, 21(4): 446-455. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2583.2012.01150.x

Kozak, P. and R.W. Currie. 2011.   Laboratory study on the effects of temperature and three ventilation rates on infestations of Varroa destructor in clusters of honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae).  Journal of Economic Entomology.  Journal of Economic Entomology. 104(6): 1774-1782; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/EC08278

Currie, Robert W., Pernal, Stephen F. And Ernesto Guzmán-Novoa.  2010. Colony losses in Canada.  Journal of Apicultural Research.  49(1): 104-106. 

Book Chapters/Collective Works (2010 forward)

FAUM-FAB LAB, STUFF Group, R. Currie, J. Hwang, M. Loverich, L. King, G. Mnaugh, Bee Project Apiaries, C. Connery, B.Bergem, D. Smart, M.Mazurkiewicz, A. Matyiku, M. Krahn, M. Hagen, E. Taylor.  O. Nichols.  S. Mcivor, J. Becker.  Bee House Lab.  Bee House Design  Competition and Research Guide. ISBN 978-1-634968-2 36 135pp.

Currie, Robert W., Marla Spivak, and Gary Reuter. 2015. Wintering Management of Honey Bee Colonies. In The Hive and the Honey Bee. Series ed. Graham, Joe. Dadant and Sons. 61 pp. In press

Currie,  R.W. 2011.  Indoor wintering of honey bees (pp.104-107).  In The Beekeeper’s Handbook. Fourth Edition. Diana Samataro and Alphonse Avitabile Editors. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, NY. 308 pp (pp.104-107).

Articles in Journals (non-refereed) (2010 forward)
Currie, R. 2014. Pollinating insects-native and managed pollinators. Pages 22-23 in B. Amiro, C. Rawluk and K. Wittenberg (editors). Moving Towards Prairie Agriculture 2050.  Green Paper prepared for the Alberta Institute of Agrologists Conference, April.  46 pp. http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/ncle/pdf/2014_AIA_Green_Paperrfs.pdf



ENTM 1000 World of Bugs
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)
ENTM 4320 Pollination Biology
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)
ENTM 0610 Beekeeping
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)
ENTM 0620 Pest Management and Farm Insects
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)
ENTM 4520 Physiological Ecology of Insects


ENTM 7150/7220 Advanced Entomology
ENTM 7230
Advanced Pollination Biology
ENTM 7240 Advances in the Physiological Ecology of Insects

Graduate Students:

Suresh Desai - Ph.D. - Honey Bee Ectoparasites
Rassol Bahreini - Ph.D. - Honey Bee Ectoparasites