Guarna, Maria Marta, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Apiculture

Contact Information:

1 Research Road
P.O. Box 29
Beaverlodge, Alberta T0H 0C0
Telephone: 780-978-1690
Email: Marta.Guarna@Canada.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Honey bee health and diseases
  • Honey bee queens
  • Selective breeding
  • Proteomics applications
  • Innate immunity

Current Projects:

  • Honey bee queen quality and colony productivity
  • Emerging parasites and pathogens of honey bees: prevalence and pathology
  • BeeOmics: Using ‘omic tools for selection of beneficial traits: pathogen resistance, temperament, and productivity

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct professor, University of British Columbia
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, Entomological Society of America, British Columbia Honey Producers Association

Research publications

2018

  • Guarna MM, Higo H, Foster LJ, McAfee A, Vinson B, Pettis JS, Pernal SF, Ibrahim A (2018) Blueberry pollination and honey bee health in Canada. 2018 Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of British Columbia Joint Annual Meeting, 11-14 Nov 2018, Vancouver, BC https://esa.confex.com/esa/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/131608

2016

2015

2012

2010

Other science related publications

2017

  • Borba R, Baylis K, Bixby M, Currie RW, Derome N, Fournier V, Giovenazzo, P, Guarna MM, Hoover SE, Pernal SF, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2017) Sustaining and securing Canada’s honey bees using ‘omics approaches. American Bee Research Conference, 12-13 Jan 2017, Galveston, TX. Bee World, 93(4): 105.
  • Guarna MM, Borba R, Pettis JS, Pernal SF (2017) Update on bee research projects at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Richmond Beekeepers Association, 14 Feb 2017, Richmond, BC.
  • Guarna MM, Joselow K, Pettis JS, Pernal SF (2017) Exposing queens to high temperature affects their performance. American Bee Research Conference, 12-13 Jan 2017, Galveston, TX. Published in Bee World, 93 (4), pp110.
  • Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Joselow K, Pettis JS (2017) Effects of temperature extremes on queens and impacts on colony performance. North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow 2017, 10-14 Jan 2017, Galveston, TX. (Invited)
  • Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Joselow K, Pettis JS (2017) Queen performance and colony productivity decreases after queens are exposed to temperature extremes. Proceedings of the 45th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 119, 29 Sep – 4 Oct 2017, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Pernal SF, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Guarna MM, Bixby M, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2017) Progress in marker-assisted selection for honey bee breeding. American Bee Research Conference, 12-13 Jan 2017, Galveston, TX. Bee World 93(4): 117.
  • Pernal SF, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Guarna MM, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2017) Progress in marker-assisted selection for honey bee breeding. Proceedings of the 45th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 43, 29 Sep – 4 Oct 2017, Istanbul, Turkey.

2016

  • Borba R, Guarna MM, Pernal SF (2016) A sneak-peek at our new research project: BEEomics. Alberta Beekeepers Commission 83rd Annual General Meeting and Convention, 7-9 Nov 2016, Edmonton, AB.
  • Borba R, Guarna MM, Pernal SF (2016) Sustaining and securing Canada’s honey bees using ‘omics approaches. Edmonton District Beekeepers’ Association, 8 Nov 2016, Edmonton, AB.
  • Cardinal S, Javorek S, Guarna MM, Pernal SF (2016) Health of bee pollinators in Canadian agricultural landscapes. Science Day – Biodiversity and Bioresources Ottawa Research and Development Centre, 1-2 Dec 2016, Ottawa, ON.
  • Guarna MM, Joselow K, Pettis JS, Pernal SF (2016) Can temperature affect queen performance? Edmonton District Beekeepers' Association, 8 Nov 2016, Edmonton, AB.
  • Guarna MM, Pettis JS, Pernal SF (2016) Queen quality evaluation report. Hivelights, 29 (4), pp15-16.
  • Guarna MM, Pettis JS, Pernal SF (2016). Do queens suffer from temperature stress? British Columbia Honey Producers Association (BCHPA) Annual General Meeting and Education Day, 14-16 Oct 2016, Richmond, BC.
  • Guarna MM, Pettis JS, Wolf Veiga P, Pernal SF (2016) Are queens losing viable sperm in transit? 63rd Annual Beaverlodge Beekeepers' Field Day, 17 June 2016, Beaverlodge, AB.
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., and Guarna, M.M. (2016). "Effects of fumagillin treatment and supplemental feeding on colony productivity and survival.", American Bee Research Conference 2016, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA, January 8-9, 2016, Presentation.

2015

  • Currie, R.M., Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., Huxter, E., and Higo, H.A. (2015). "Marker Assisted Selection for breeding resistance to honey bee parasites and pathogens.", 71st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 23-24, 2015, Presentation.
  • Desai, S., Bonderoff, J., Jan, E., Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., Foster, L.J., and Currie, R.M. (2015). "Prevention of Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV) infection in honey bees using dsRNA.", 71st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 23-24, 2015, Presentation.
  • Guarna, M.M., Hoover, S.E.R., and Pernal, S.F. (2015). "The bee health project: Update and year 2 plans.", 62nd Annual Beaverlodge Beekeepers’ Field Day, Beaverlodge, AB, Canada, June 19, 2015.
  • Guarna, M.M., Iovinella, I., Bundala, M., Moon, K.-M., Huxter, E., Parker, R., Melathopoulos, A.P., Stoynov, N., Chan, Q.W.T., White, R.P., Pelosi, P., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2015). "Protein Biomarkers Link Olfactory Signal Transduction to Social Immunity.", Human Proteome Organization World Congress 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 27-30, 2015, P17.14, pp. 239. (Abstract)
  • Guarna, M.M., Pettis, J.S., and Pernal, S.F. (2015). "Are Queens Losing Viable Sperm in Transit?", Alberta Beekeepers Commission 82nd Annual General Meeting and Convention, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 2-4, 2015, Presentation.
  • Guarna, M.M., Pettis, J.S., and Pernal, S.F. (2015). "Are Queens Losing Viable Sperm in Transit?", Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturist Research Symposium and SBA Annual Convention, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 2-4, 2015, Presentation.
  • Guarna, M.M., Pettis, J.S., and Pernal, S.F. (2015). "Are queens losing viable sperm in transit?", Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturist Research Symposium and SBA Annual Convention, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 2-4, 2015, Presentation.
  • Harpur, B.A., Guarna, M.M., Hoover, S.E.R., Huxter, E., Higo, H.A., Moon, K.-M., Currie, R.M., Pernal, S.F., Foster, L.J., and Zayed, A. (2015). "Integrating Genomics and Proteomics to Reveal Loci Underpinning Social Immunity in Honey Bees.", Human Proteome Organization World Congress 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 27-30, 2015, P28.05, pp. 275. (Abstract)
  • Hoover, S.E.R., Guarna, M.M., Currie, R.M., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2015). "Expression biomarkers can be used to select for complex traits in honey bee breeding: results of three generations of selection for hygienic behaviour.", 44th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Daejeon, South Korea, September 15-19, 2015, BBO-025, pp. 156. (Abstract)
  • Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Hoover, S.E.R. (2015). "Assessing Risk Factors Associated with Honey Bee Colony Survival in Canada.", 44th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Daejeon, South Korea, September 15-19, 2015, BHO-047, pp. 202. (Abstract)
  • Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Hoover, S.E.R. (2015). "Effects of Fumagillin Treatment and Supplemental Feeding on Colony Survival.", Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturist Research Symposium and SBA Annual Convention, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 2-4, 2015, Presentation.
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., and Guarna, M.M. (2015). "Assessing risk factors associated with honey bee colony survival in Canada.", British Columbia Honey Producers Association Annual General Meeting, Courtenay, BC, Canada, October15-18, 2015.
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., and Guarna, M.M. (2015). "Does treating with fumagillin and feeding pollen benefit your bees?", Edmonton District Beekeepers’ Association, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 3, 2015. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., and Guarna, M.M. (2015). "Effects of fumagillin treatment and supplemental feeding on colony survival.", Alberta Beekeepers Commission 82nd Annual General Meeting and Convention, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 2-4, 2015, Oral Presentations.

2014

  • Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., and Pernal, S.F. (2014). "From the UBC research lab: The BeeIPM project.", Bee Scene, 30(2), pp. 20-21.
  • Foster, L.J., Hoover, S.E.R., Guarna, M.M., Currie, R.W., and Pernal, S.F. (2014). "Marker Assisted Selection Program Update.", Bee Scene, 30(4), pp. 10-11.
  • Guarna, M.M., Iovinella, I., Moon, K.-M., Huxter, E., Michaud, S., Parker, R., Melathopoulos, A.P., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2014). "A model on the role of odorant binding proteins in social immunity.", Entomology 2014: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR, USA, November 16-19, 2014, Presentation.
  • Hoover, S.E.R., Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., Currie, R.W., Higo, H.A., and Huxter, E. (2014). "Results from the BeeIPM Project.", British Columbia Honey Producers Association Annual General Meeting, Richmond, BC, Canada, September 25-27, 2014. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2014). "BeeIPM: Next generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping – Aim 3 Update.", Presentation to the Scientific Advisory Board of Genome Canada Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 11, 2014. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.W., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2014). "Next generation IPM tools for beekeeping: progress after three generations.", American Bee Research Conference 2014, San Antonio, TX, USA, January 10-11, 2014, American Bee Journal 154(4): 457-458.
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.W., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2014). "Progress in proteomic marker-assisted selection for honey bees (Apis mellifera).", 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR, USA, November 16-19, 2014.

2013

  • Currie, R.M., Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., Desai, S., Huxter, E., Higo, H.A., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "If the old approach is not working use plan BEE. New techniques for old problems in the study bee diseases.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, October 20-23, 2013.
  • Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., Bixby, M., Hoover, S.E.R., and Pernal, S.F. (2013). "From the UBC research lab: Marker-assisted selective breeding of hygienic behaviour.", Bee Scene, 29(4), pp. 11.
  • Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., and Pernal, S.F. (2013). "Update on the Bee IPM Project.", British Columbia Honey Producers Association Annual General Meeting, Educational Conference and Trade Show, Kelowna, BC, Canada, October 25-27, 2013.
  • Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., and Pernal, S.F. (2013). Genome Canada Interim Review Report of 2010 Large-Scale Applied Research Project: Proteomic marker-assisted selection in honey bees: Interim Report to Genome Canada, 5 April 2013, 47 pp. plus Appendices. (Report)
  • Guarna, M.M., Bundala, M., Moon, K.-M., White, R., Parker, R., Huxter, E., Melathopoulos, A.P., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "Integration of proteomics and phenotypic data to elucidate mechanisms of social immunity.", HUPO 2013 XII Annual World Congress, Yokohama, Japan, September 14-18, 2013.
  • Guarna, M.M., Domanski, D., Jackson, A., Moon, K.-M., Yang, J., Hoover, S.E.R., White, R., Pernal, S.F., Borchers, C.H., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "Biomarker discovery and validation using quantitative proteomics.", HUPO 2012 XI World Congress, Boston, MA, USA, September 9-13, 2012.
  • Guarna, M.M., Moon, K.-M., White, R., Smith, D.C., Huxter, E., Higo, H.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Ibrahim, A.A., Currie, R.M., Pernal, S.F., Borchers, C.H., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "MRM-based biomarkers of social immunity in honey bees. Their successful application in a marker-assisted selective breeding program.", 5th Annual Canadian National Proteomics Network Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 22-24, 2013.
  • Hoover, S.E.R., Ibrahim, A.A., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., Foster, L.J., and Pernal, S.F. (2013). "Proteomic marker-assisted selection to breed for resistance of American foulbrood.", 43rd Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Kiev, Ukraine, September 29-October 4, 2013. (Poster)
  • Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "BeeIPM: Next generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping.", Genome Canada Large Scale Applied Research Project Review Committee, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 23, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "BeeIPM: Next generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping.", Scientific Advisory Board of Genome Canada Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 27, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "BeeIPM: Next generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping.", Scientific Advisory Board of Genome Canada Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 23, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.W., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "Developing new tools for selecting disease and mite resistant bees: An update on the Bee IPM project.", 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference, Hershey, PA, USA, January 9-12, 2013.
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.W., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "Evaluation of proteomic marker-assisted selection in honey bees.", 43rd Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Kiev, Ukraine, September 29-October 4, 2013, pp. 190-191.
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.W., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "Proteomic marker-assisted selection in honey bees: Year 2 update from the BeeIPM project.", American Bee Research Conference 2013, Hershey, PA, USA, January 11, 2013, In: American Bee Journal 153(3): 308-309.
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.W., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "The BeeIPM project: advances in disease and mite resistance using marker-assisted selection.", Saskatchewan Beekeepers' Association Annual General Meeting, Waskesiu, SK, Canada, November 27-29, 2013.
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2013). "Proteomic marker-assisted selection for resistance to American foulbrood.", 9th COLOSS Conference, Kiev, Ukraine, September 27-29, 2013.

2012

  • Guarna, M.M., Hoover, S.E.R., Melathopoulos, A.P., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Using quantitative proteomics to develop IPM tools for managing bee pathogens.", 2012 American Bee Research Conference, APHIS Headquarters, Greenbelt, MD, USA, February 7-8, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Guarna, M.M., Parker, R., Melathopoulos, A.P., Hoover, S.E.R., Moon, K.-M., Huxter, E., White, R., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Protein profiling reveals molecular mechanisms of social immunity.", Apimondia Symposium 2012, Quebec City, QC, Canada, November 16-18, 2012, pp. 62-63.
  • Hoover, S.E.R., Masson, A., Melathopoulos, A.P., Ibrahim, A.A., Currie, R.W., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., Foster, L.J., and Pernal, S.F. (2012). "Status of honey bee pathogens across Western Canada.", Apimondia Symposium 2012, Quebec City, QC, Canada, November 16-18, 2012, Poster.
  • Hoover, S.E.R., Pernal, S.F., Melathopoulos, A.P., Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M., Huxter, E., and Higo, H.A. (2012). "Next-generation Integrated Pest Management tools for Beekeeping.", 2012 Canadian Beekeeping Conference, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, January 26-28, 2012.
  • Melathopoulos, A.P., Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Next-generation Integrated Pest Management tools for Beekeeping.", 2012 Alberta Beekeepers Commission Annual General Meeting, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 16-18, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Parker, R., Guarna, M.M., Melathopoulos, A.P., Moon, K.-M., White, R., Huxter, E., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Proteomic analysis provides insight on the mechanism of social immunity in honey bees.", 60th American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 20-24, 2012.
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Proteomic marker-assisted selection in honey bees.", Entomological Society of America (ESA) 60th Annual Meeting, Knoxville Convention Centre, Knoxville, TN, USA, November 11-14, 2012, #1287.
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., Masson, A., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Next-generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping: Project Plans and Colony Surveys.", 2012 American Bee Research Conference, APHIS Headquarters, Greenbelt, MD, USA, February 7-8, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Pernal, S.F., Hoover, S.E.R., Melathopoulos, A.P., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Marker-assisted selection in honey bees using proteins.", Apimondia Symposium 2012, Quebec City, QC, Canada, November 16-18, 2012, Invited talk, pp. 60-61.
  • Pernal, S.F., Ibrahim, A.A., Hoover, S.E.R., Currie, R.M., Higo, H.A., Huxter, E., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2012). "Integrated pest management tools for beekeeping: Year 2 update on breeding progress.", Innovation in Apiculture: British Columbia Honey Producers Association Annual General Meeting, Educational Conference and Trade Show, Kamloops, BC, Canada, November 8-10, 2012.

2011

  • Foster, L.J., Parker, R., Guarna, M.M., Melathopoulos, A.P., White, R., Huxter, E., and Pernal, S.F. (2011). "Proteomic profiling to discover markers of hygienic behaviour and Varroa-sensitive hygiene.", 2nd Honey Bee Genomics & Biology Workshop, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA, May 8-10, 2011, Oral presentation.
  • Guarna, M.M. and Pernal, S.F. (2011). "Next Generation IPM tools to Reduce Colony Losses.", XLII Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 21-25, 2011.
  • Guarna, M.M., Melathopoulos, A.P., Pernal, S.F., and Foster, L.J. (2011). "An IPM approach to improve bee health using tools discovered by quantitative proteomics.", XLII Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 21-27, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Melathopoulos, A.P., Pernal, S.F., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2011). "Variability and correlations among traits associated with varroa mite resistance in a Canadian breeding population.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and Acadian Entomological Society, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Melathopoulos, A.P., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2011). "Potential for Selection Using Protein Biomarkers for Disease and Varroa Resistance.", XLII Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 21-27, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Pernal, S.F., Melathopoulos, A.P., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2011). "Potential for using antennal proteins to select for disease and varroa resistance in honey bees.", American Bee Research Conference 2011, Galveston, TX, USA, January 6-7, 2011, In: American Bee Journal 151: 513.
  • Pernal, S.F., Melathopoulos, A.P., Guarna, M.M., and Foster, L.J. (2011). "The APIS project: New tools for bee breeding.", Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association 105th Annual Convention, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, March 4-5, 2011.
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