The first ever Bee Summit in Japan took place at the University of Tsukuba on 11th and 12th November, attracting around 900 people with one common passion: bees. Beekeepers, high school and university students, researchers, governmental agency and industry people enjoyed a full and diverse two-day program. The program included lectures on, for instance, bee biology, pests & diseases and pollination, educational sessions on apiculture, various exhibitions, workshops, honey tasting and posters. Bayer Bee Care was glad to be present, with a poster and a keynote speech on its program and activities.
The poster session was a good opportunity to present the work we are doing in Japan where we are developing a ‘Japanese cuisine for bees’: a seed mixture with flower species native to Japan which will provide a source of nectar and pollen – to create flowering areas on unused land.
“Contributing to more and adequate flower resources is beneficial for the health of pollinators. Efforts to understand which flowers, trees and plant species are beneficial for the health of pollinators are instrumental”, Yasuo Araki, biologist and expert for pollinator health at Bayer in Tokyo, Japan, explains. We were happy to see that the topic received great resonance with the audience.
Coralie van Breukelen- Groeneveld, Global Head of Bayer Bee Care, presents Bayer’s Bee Care Program.
The last of four plenary sessions was an international symposium on pollinators and pollination, sponsored by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). Session speakers came from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), NARO, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Bayer Bee Care. All four speakers stressed the important role of pollinators in agriculture, with more than three quarters of the global food crops relying to some extent on animal pollination for yield and/or quality. All the more reason to protect these pollinators which face numerous challenges in much of the modern world, and in this we all have a role to play. That includes the crop protection industry, Coralie van Breukelen-Groeneveld, Global Head of Bayer Bee Care stressed in her talk. The Bayer Bee Care Program seeks to tackle some of the main threats and opportunities for pollinators/ pollination, aiming to strike a balance between contributing to the health, wellbeing and diversity of pollinators, while helping farmers to optimize their agricultural productivity. “I believe the audience was quite surprised to learn about our extensive science program, comprising some 30 research projects with scientists at universities and research centers, as well as beekeeper organizations around the world, which takes into account local and regional differences in approaching bee health”, she said.
The organizers of the conference were happy to see such broad attendance and are already contemplating a next Bee Summit. Which we at Bayer Bee Care are looking forward to!
Find out more about Pollinators in Japan: Their importance and needs