Thursday, May 15, 2014

Statement on Annual Winter Honey Bee Loss Survey (2013/2014)

The survey is encouraging news to everyone who cares about bee health. Overwintering losses of managed honey bee colonies were among the lowest levels seen in the eight years since these surveys have been recorded.
The Bayer Bee Care program is part of the company’s commitment to bee health.  It's goals are to further promote and develop solutions to improve bee health, actively promote the bee-responsible use of our products and share knowledge and exertise with stakeholders from the beekeeping community and agricultural communities and with scientific and governmental institutions, NGOs, policy makers and regulators

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 15, 2014) – The survey is encouraging news to everyone who cares about bee health. Overwintering losses of managed honey bee colonies were among the lowest levels seen in the eight years since these surveys have been recorded.  Despite the lower winter losses, the annual report also included information on increased summer colony losses, and these results indicate that managed bee colonies remain under serious stress and a critical issue for agriculture.  Perhaps the most important factor affecting bee health is the Varroa mite, which the USDA and leading scientists have identified as a primary contributor to colony decline.  

Bayer CropScience is working with state, federal and agricultural stakeholders to develop a comprehensive effort to promote bee health.   These efforts include expanding available forage for pollinators, adoption of best management practices for agriculture and apiculture, and more focused research on protecting bees from the invasive Varroa mite.  For more than 25 years, Bayer has been committed to finding solutions to improve honey bee health and promote agricultural sustainability.  As part of this commitment, we recently opened our new North American Bee Care Center, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to improving bee health through collaborative research, education and training.

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