Bayer Breaks Ground on North American Bee Care Center

Bayer Breaks Ground on North American Bee Care Center

Monday, June 3, 2013
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – As concerns about the dwindling number of honeybee pollinators continue in the gardening community, Bayer CropScience announced it is breaking ground on its North American Bee Care Center, a 6,000-square-foot facility designed to bring together technological, scientific and academic resources to protect and improve honeybee health. The center will include a laboratory and teaching apiary; honey extraction and workshop spaces; an interactive learning center; meeting, training and presentation facilities for beekeepers and educators; and office space for graduate students. Although the North American Bee Care Center will have its own honeybee colonies for teaching and demonstration purposes, the facility will be supported by other research apiaries, located nearby in the Research Triangle Park area, to coordinate and extend research projects directed toward bee health. Bayer is also expanding its Clayton, NC, research apiary, known as “Beesboro,” to include a 1,200-square-foot building with an office, a wintering cold room, an extraction area, a beehive maintenance area and storage areas. This facility is expected to be operational in late summer 2013.