Bayer has over a century of unmatched experience and expertise in seed treatment technologies but innovation continues. As a result, significant progress has been made in minimizing the risk of treated seed dust emissions.
“Why it’s really important to understand behavior in the field.”
A glimpse behind the scenes of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern study: One of the largest oilseed rape field studies carried out on the impacts of the neonicotinoid, clothianidin, on wild bees, bumblebees, and honey bees in Europe.
In Europe and North America, honey bees are productive livestock that require intensive care to stay healthy. The biggest threat beekeepers have to manage is the Varroa destructor mite. This parasite weakens honey bees, transmitting viruses that cause deadly diseases.
While their beekeeping industry is strong, Spain’s honey bee colonies are often weakened by pests and diseases. Bayer experts are working with Spanish bee researchers to improve honey bee health by strengthening research.
In the heart of Colombia, researchers from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia are combing through bean fields. They hope this study, funded by Bayer, will help identify which bee species pollinate bean crops and which are simply visiting the flowers. Thereby helping to improve fundamental knowledge of pollinator communities in crops.
The approval of crop protection products is subject to strict safety regulation. Experts at Bayer have to make sure that their products are safe for bees and are constantly investigating new testing methods, such as the honey bee larvae test and new study types looking at wild and bumble bees.
Cheers to a Healthy 2017 with the Healthy Colony Checklist!
New tool makes colony assessments easier
Regular monitoring of beehives is essential to ensuring honey bee colony health, as this can change dramatically over a short period of time due to the Varroa mite, or other pests and pathogens like Nosema and the small hive beetle.
BEENOW will keep you informed about new co-operations and keep you updated about results from currently-running projects. Additionally it will offer further information and online material to support you in your own communication activities.
Pollen transfer is the spark that starts the crop production engine
This year’s Fruit Logistica exhibitor fair in Berlin provided the perfect opportunity for Bayer Bee Care to launch the Feed A Bee initiative ‘We Plant on your Behalf’ to support pollinators in Europe. In this interview, Coralie van Breukelen-Groeneveld, Head of Bayer Bee Care Center, explains why promoting the need for more pollinator foraging habitat is important and why ‘Pollination Matters’ when aspiring a balanced, healthy diet.