BAYER CropScience announced Dec. 4 plans to break ground in February on its North American Bee Care Center, which will serve as a gathering place for researchers, bee experts, students and other visitors to meet regularly with leading Bayer scientists.
The Bayer Bee Care Center is dedicated to promoting and protecting bee health so these hard-working, beneficial insects can continue to provide hive products as well as food pollination services, the announcement said.
The Bee Care Center, to be located at the Bayer CropScience North America headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., is scheduled for completion in July 2013. The center is part of Bayer's Global Bee Care Program, which provides a more focused and centralized resource for Bayer scientists and external stakeholders.
Bayer said the center will bring together significant technological, scientific and academic resources, with the ultimate goal of supporting product stewardship and sustainable agriculture.
"We understand the necessity for healthy bees as pollinators and their critical role to agriculture, and by working with scientists, growers, beekeepers and customers, we strive to create new approaches and solutions to benefit bee health and the global food supply," Bayer CropScience North America president and chief executive officer Jim Blome said. "Because we are aware of the challenge to continue feeding a growing world population, our Bee Care Center will be a vital resource in our ongoing commitment to maintaining sustainable agriculture."
The new North American Bee Care Center is Bayer's second for promoting bee health. Bayer also established its global Bee Care Center this year at the joint headquarters campus of Bayer CropScience and Bayer Animal Health in Monheim, Germany.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, had 2011 annual sales of 7.255 billion euros.