On 2nd December, a new Bee Learning Center, the first of its kind in Asia, opened at the Department of Entomology at Kasetsart University. The Center is the result of a collaboration, established in 2017, with the University and Bayer Thai and Bayer AG and representatives attending the event included (from l-r in photo) the Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sutkhet Nakhasathien, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ladawan Puangchit, Vice President for Academic Affairs, both from Kasetsart University, as well as Ricky Ki Leung Ho, Senior Executive of Regulatory Science Asia Pacific, Bayer and Weraphon Charoenpanit, Country Commercial Lead, Thailand and Vietnam, Crop Science Division of Bayer Thai.
Bees are crucial insect pollinators for many key crops but general public knowledge and awareness in Thailand around this topic is not high. The lack of insect pollinators for some crops in Thailand may also be directly affecting crop productivity. To help counter this, the Bee Learning Center will support the development of teaching, research and academic services on bee and insect pollinators to visitors of all ages. Ricky Ki Leung Ho emphasized during his speech at the event, “Bees and other pollinators are of great importance for Bayer. Their pollination services are essential for our customers, the farmers and they are an extremely important element of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. Therefore, Bayer supports pollinator health and safety in all regions. We are convinced that an important prerequisite for the protection of bee pollinators is that all relevant stakeholders have a solid knowledge about these insects.” Exhibition materials on display will help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators and, through this, will help promote their health and safety in Thailand, and beyond.
Attending the opening ceremony were representatives from Kasetsart University, Bayer AG and Bayer Thai, who collaborated on the Bee Learning Center.
The Center will also serve as a hub for the exchange of technical knowledge among beekeepers, farmers, researchers and both local and international stakeholders, helping to promote biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, that are necessary for food security in the region.
The new building is around 145 m2 and has been designed with a contemporary architectural style with an elevated floor providing a terrace or balcony and large doors opening out on three sides providing open-air and multi-purpose use options. The roof has openings to allow natural light in, thus helping to save energy, and the flexible internal area will provide space for tours, training classes, workshops or meetings to exchange knowledge around bees and pollinator insects.
Take a look at the Facebook: Bee Learning Center page to learn more about its activities or go to the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University website.