Dr. Peter Awram
Blueberry Pollination Round Table Panelist
Peter Awram grew up in a beekeeping family in Alberta, Canada. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a specialization in molecular biology in plants, he earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia.Currently the family business pollinates blueberries in the Lower Mainland, pollinates canola in southern Alberta and produces honey in central Alberta.To combat fraudulent honey and address food adulteration, Dr. Awram founded Authentic Food Solutions. Utilizing advanced analytical techniques, such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), he is working with Leonard Foster with assistance from the Canadian Honey Council to generate a “fingerprint” database including specific floral markers. This allows for the identification of floral and geographic origins, as well as the detection of honey adulteration.In addition to his expertise in honey analysis, Dr. Awram is looking at ways of introducing new technologies to beekeeping. He has tinkered with hive sensor technologies for non-invasive hive monitoring and automated honey extraction processes, with the intention of improving efficiency and reducing labor costs.