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Bayer celebrates Pollinator Week

While all eyes are on the bees, Bayer wants to say thank you to the professors conducting research, the gardeners ordering wildflower seeds, the schools planting gardens, the young beekeepers pursuing their dreams, and the thousands of people who have expressed interest in the future of bee health online and at the Bayer Bee Care Center. To celebrate Pollinator Week, they're sharing some of their favorite accomplishments in bee health:

Contributed a million dollars to fund research for Healthy Hives
Bayer has partnered with Project Apis m., an organization dedicated to supporting research to enhance the health and vitality of honey bee colonies while improving crop protection. Together, they have provided a million dollars across ten research projects dedicated to improve the health of honey bee colonies by the end of 2020. This Spring, Bayer added three more recipients to the list, including:
  • Dr. Olav Rueppell at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro investigating virus resistance
  • Dr. Edmund Stark at Michigan State University working to develop way to manage varroa mites
  • Julie Shapiro at Keystone Policy Center who is working with the Honey Bee Health Coalition to show best management practices to reduce honey bee colony loss
Planted 2 billion wildflower
Bayer is on a mission to increase forage for pollinators across the country. Since 2015, they have been working with people and organizations across the country, planting gardens and giving away seed packets. Together, with the support of over a million people, over two billion flowers were planted.

Planting pollinator friendly gardens in all 50 states
In collaboration with a steering committee of pollinator experts, Bayer has set out to fund projects that promote pollinator health and create or expand forage for pollinators across the country. These grant provide funding for projects from growers, beekeepers, businesses, school, gardening groups and more.

By providing Feed a Bee grants, Bayer and the steering committee hope to ensure that organizations in every state in the U.S. have the opportunity to bring their pollinator initiatives to life.

Welcomed 10,000 visitors to the Bayer Bee Care Center
Earlier this spring, Bayer welcomed its 10,000th visitor into the Bee Care Center. People from all over the country (and world) have visited to learn more about bee health and research coming from the Bayer Bee Care program. The center is home to a full laboratory with a teaching a research apiary, a honey extraction and workshop space, on-site demonstration honey bee hives, and extensive pollinator gardens that have welcomed over 30 species of bees.

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