In celebration of Bayer CropScience's more than 25-year commitment to pollinator health, the company celebrated April 15 the grand opening of its North American Bee Care Center, at its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The $2.4 million center brings together significant technological, scientific and academic resources, with goals of promoting improved honey bee health, product stewardship and sustainable agriculture.
A 6,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility, the center will complement the Eastern Bee Care Technology Station in Clayton, N.C., and a Bee Care Center at the joint global headquarters campus of Bayer CropScience and Bayer Animal Health in Monheim, Germany.
The North American Bee Care Center, part of the company's $12 million investment in bee health in 2014, brings together agricultural and apiology experts to develop comprehensive solutions for bee health, including entomologists and apiarists, graduate researchers and more, all of whom are invested in the continuation of Bayer CropScience's commitment to honey bee health excellence.
The center houses a full laboratory with a teaching and research apiary, honey extraction and hive maintenance space; interactive learning center, and meeting, training and presentation facilities for beekeepers, farmers and educators, as well as office space for a full staff and graduate students.
"Honey bees are essential to modern agriculture production, and our North American Bee Care Center will help facilitate the research needed to help honey bees meet the increasing global demand for crop pollination," said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. "Healthy honey bees mean a more substantial and nutritious food supply for us all, and we understand the many complex issues affecting honey bees' ability to thrive, including disease, parasites such as Varroa mites, genetics and more."