An important aspect for bee safety in agriculture is to improve the application technique to safeguard pollinators. Therefore Bayer researchers and technicians work together with external partners on appropriate solutions. Find below some examples.
Oilseed rape is a large-scale crop in Europe. The yellow blossoms are also an important food source for pollinators, such as honey bees. A new application technology for crop protection products can benefit the pollinators, as it reduces residues in pollen and nectar. With the Dropleg technology, crop protection products are applied below the blossoms. This benefits farmers and the environment as it reduces drift losses dramatically. The concept has proven useful in oilseed rape but may also be used in other crops in the future. Read more about the Dropleg technology here.
In the ‘Zero’ Dust project, experts are working to further reduce the generation and emission of dust from seed treatment products and, thereby, make sowing treated seed even safer for pollinators and the environment.
For example, they are investigating how to formulate seed treatments and film coatings so they stick better – by means of stabilizing additives or by varying particle size. They also want to improve the seed treatment application process itself. And since a little bit of dust always rubs off, they are also working on solutions to reduce the spread of dust in the field, for example with SweepAir.