The comprehensive Bee Care Science Program – soon to comprise more than 30 projects worldwide – addresses some of the main threats and opportunities for pollinators and pollination, which require a tailormade approach corresponding to local and regional differences.
Bayer brings in its expert knowledge and experience, collaborating with partners around the world – such as scientists at universities, research institutes and beekeeper organizations – on local and regional projects for pollinator ecology, honey bee health, crop pollination efficiency and the safety of pesticides to pollinators. Being recognized as a true partner in the scientific community starts with being seen as a scientifically competent and active partner, and we take pride in contributing to bee and pollinator health via leading-edge, collaborative research.
In the next 40 years, the world population is expected to grow from seven to almost ten billion people. Finding solutions to increase yields and to protect pollinators is critical to food production and agricultural sustainability.
There is no ‘one fits all’ solution or approach to providing and ensuring both pollination services and agricultural productivity. Both are influenced by the climate, environmental factors, land use, pests and diseases of crops and their pollinators, and the agronomic practices in the different regions of the world. Our ‘Feed a Bee’ / ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ scientific activities contribute by providing farmers with the latest technologies that help them be competitive, productive and sustainable, while also developing even better concepts to enhance pollinator safety of agronomic practices and increasing pollination efficiency, worldwide.
Many pollinator species play an important role in agriculture. Of these, no other individual species has been more studied and is more relevant to agriculture than the honey bee (Apis mellifera), even in regions where it is not a native insect.
Our ‘Healthy Hives’ scientific activities work towards a better understanding and monitoring of the underlying factors influencing honey bee health, developing ways to optimize beekeeping practices and better combat honey bee pests and pathogens.