Bayer employee Fred Klockgether (left) and beekeeper Günter Dräger checking the health of honey bees.
Bayer is initiating a global “Bee Care Program” to further promote bee health. As part of the program, two dedicated “Bayer Bee Care Centers” are to be established. In Europe, one center is scheduled to open in Monheim, Germany, this summer. A second center, which will focus on North America, is planned to open in the second half of the year in North Carolina, United States.
“As a company with long-standing expertise in both animal health and crop protection, Bayer is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices, including the protection of beneficial insects such as honey bees,” said Professsor Wolfgang Plischke, the member of the Bayer AG Board of Management responsible for Technology, Innovation and Sustainability. “We have been providing products specifically designed to ensure bee health for more than 25 years,” Plischke said.
The new centers are intended to provide a scientific communication and discussion platform, foster information sharing and consolidate existing and future bee health projects launched by Bayer companies in cooperation with external partners.