Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nature Outlook: Bees Recognizes Worldwide Importance of Bees as Pollinators

Bayer understands how much pollination matters to the global supply of high-quality and affordable food.
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Monheim, Germany (May 21, 2015) – Bayer understands how much pollination matters to the global supply of high-quality and affordable food. In fact, a third of all crops we eat are estimated to depend directly or indirectly on insect pollinators, such as bees. That’s why Bayer is committed to improving the health of two of the most important pollinators, honey bees and wild bees; and why we were pleased to support Nature – a renowned interdisciplinary science journal – in producing the editorially independent supplement, Nature Outlook: Bees. This edition aims to provide a comprehensive picture on the current state of knowledge and the most current areas of bee research. Nature Outlook: Bees – published today – presents feature articles written by science journalists and opinion pieces from leading experts.

“It is my hope that this Nature Outlook edition on bees will contribute to a constructive dialogue on bee health,” says Liam Condon, Bayer CropScience CEO. Annette Schuermann, head of the Bayer Bee Care Center in Monheim, Germany, adds, “Protection of bees can only be effectively addressed through open dialogue and cooperation amongst all stakeholders.” That is precisely what the Nature Outlook edition on bees is doing.

The Nature Outlook: Bees edition includes a white paper by Bayer, showcasing its proactive contribution to bee health through a wide variety of activities, including the Bayer Bee Care Program which promotes and develops solutions to improve bee health, encourages the bee-responsible use of Bayer products, and shares knowledge and expertise with beekeeping and agricultural stakeholders. The Bayer Bee Care Centers in Monheim, Germany, and Raleigh, North Carolina, coordinate activities for the Bee Care Program. In addition, the BEENOW Bee Health Magazine shows what can be achieved through projects and collaborations with partners from around the world, where stakeholders are willing to work together and look for opportunities to make a difference to the health of bees and other pollinators.  

As bee health and safety is such a vital issue, Bayer believes that all stakeholders and interested parties should have access to this very special compilation of information on bees. Bayer’s sponsorship will enable the online edition of Nature Outlook: Bees to be made freely available for the next six months until November 20, 2015.
Nature Outlook: Bees:  http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/bees

To find out more about Bayer Bee Care: http://www.beecare.bayer.com

To access BEENOW, the bee health magazine in various languages: http://www.beenow.bayer.com

To read Bayer’s white paper in Nature Outlook: Bees: http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/bees/pdf/bee.pdf


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