As part of the Bayer Bee Care Program, we have established a number of Bee Care Centers and support stations, through which we can stimulate interaction with stakeholders who share our commitment to bee health.
The Bayer Bee Care Centers serve as a platform for scientific exchange and communication, inviting discussions and joint projects with external partners. We believe that broad cooperation is essential to develop sustainable solutions for honey bee health. By reaching out proactively to our stakeholders, we strive to increase transparency in our activities and to generate open discussions and partnerships. In this way, we are helping to make an important contribution towards promoting bee health.
The first Bayer Bee Care Center opened at our Monheim site in Germany in June 2012. Here, it positions itself between the headquarters of Bayer Animal Health and Bayer CropScience and thus unites our extensive experience and knowledge in these areas under one roof. Existing and future bee health projects from Bayer companies are consolidated at the Center.
The global Bayer Bee Care Center at Monheim has a dedicated full-time team of specialists, including experienced beekeepers. It offers a modern meeting and workshop environment, bringing together beekeepers, farmers, research institutions, educational professionals and anyone who has an interest in the health and welfare of bees. A new apiary with exhibition room, demonstration laboratory and bee garden is currently under construction and will be opened in Mai 2016.
A second Bee Care Center was opened in North Carolina, USA, in April 2014, focusing on and serving North America. The new state-of-the-art facility complements the original global Center and is spread over approximately 6,000 square feet of space. To facilitate the Bee Care Program, it houses a full laboratory and teaching apiary, honey extraction and workshop space, interactive learning center, and meeting, training and presentation facilities for beekeepers, farmers and educators, as well as office space for graduate students.
The North American Bee Care Center has its own honey bee colonies for teaching, demonstration and research purposes, and the facility is supported by other research apiaries, located nearby in the Research Triangle Park area, to extend research projects directed toward bee health.
In addition to the new Bee Care Center, Bayer also has regional facilities across North America including:
In 2015, we have started a bee health collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institut, working on a project to investigate and improve the health of bees in Chile.
The aim of the project, the first study of its kind in Chile, is to carry out a holistic analysis and to obtain data based on scientific measurements of the health of bees. Fraunhofer is going to work with almost 100 beekeepers to monitor the health conditions of their colonies and relevant influencing parameters. The institute will provide them with scientific data and support to improve their quality standards. The results will contribute to the generation of protocols and quality standards which need to be applied to improve the health conditions of bees, their productivity and pollination performance.