The 26th of October marked an exciting day for the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) in Brazil and Bayer; with both parties signing a project agreement aimed at improving pollinator-friendly practices in agriculture.
Representing Bayer at the signing ceremony was Dr. Christian Maus, Global Lead Scientist at the Bayer Bee Care Center, Germany and Cláudia Quaglierini, Pollinator Health Manager, Bayer CropScience, Brazil.
The project, which has been in planning for a while, fits well into the Bee Care Program, which supports research with external partners to look for ways of improving different aspects of pollinator health. Besides UFC, Freiburg University (Germany) and Syngenta will participate in this particular project.
“We are delighted that the UFC will be the institution that will run the project,” said Cláudia Quaglierini afterwards, “we wanted to work with them as Professor Breno Freitas is known nationally and internationally for his expertise and research work with bees.”
For Professor Antonio Gomes, Pro-Rector of Research and Graduate Studies at the university, this university-company partnership is something he would like to see happening more frequently. “Partnerships with industry are an important factor in facilitating universities’ development of innovative ideas and solutions which benefit society, and also provide training opportunities for students and a source of income,” he said.
"Today we took the first step", said Prof. Breno Magalhães Freitas, now it’s time to get the project running, and generate important information for the conservation of pollinators and, consequently, improving agricultural production. Dr. Christian Maus explained, “The project will identify and describe the bees and other insects that pollinate each type of crop, resulting in a manual on pollinators of Brazilian crops.”