As part of Bayer CropScience’s ongoing commitment to pollinator health, the company has opened its new 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art North American Bee Care Center at its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC.
The new center will complement the work being done at the Eastern Bee Care Technology Station in Clayton, NC, and at a Bee Care Center at the joint global headquarters campus of Bayer CropScience and Bayer Animal Health in Monheim, Germany.
The North American Bee Care Center – part of the company’s $12 million investment in bee health in 2014 – supports scientific research and development, and education of the public on honey bees’ integral role in agriculture. It will serve as a hub for premier technological, scientific and academic resources to protect and improve honey bee health and sustainable agriculture.
The center houses a full laboratory with a teaching and research apiary; honey extraction and hive maintenance space; interactive learning center; meeting, training and presentation facilities for beekeepers, farmers and educators, and office space for staff and graduate students. The facility also includes on-site honey bee colonies, pollinator-friendly gardens and a screened hive observation area to help foster improvement in honey bee health, stewardship measures and best management practices.
“Honey bees are essential to modern agriculture production, and our North American Bee Care Center will help facilitate the research needed to help honey bees meet the increasing global demand for crop pollination,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “Healthy honey bees mean a more substantial and nutritious food supply for us all, and we understand the many complex issues affecting honey bees’ ability to thrive, including disease, parasites such as Varroa mites, genetics and more.”
More information on the North American Bee Care Center and Bayer CropScience’s commitment to honey bee health can be found online.
Source – Bayer CropScience