Bayer CropScience Presents on Bee Health and Stewardship at International Pollinator Conference

Bayer CropScience Presents on Bee Health and Stewardship at International
Pollinator Conference

The World's Leading Pollinator Health Scientists Gather at Penn State
University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Aug. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Bayer
CropScience bee health experts will join dozens of the world's leading
pollinator health scientists this week at the second International Conference
On Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy at Pennsylvania State University.

Hosted by the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State's College of
Agricultural Sciences, the conference, held today through Aug. 17, will
feature an array of discussions on the health challenges of pollinators.
Earlier this year, a report publicized by the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found honey
bee health is impacted by a wide range of factors, including disease,
malnutrition, pesticides and especially, the Varroa mite.

"Bayer has long been a proponent of honey bee health, recognizing that
apiculture and agriculture are both vital to maintaining the world's food
supply," said Dick Rogers, apiologist at Bayer CropScience. "This week's
conference at Penn State presents a wonderful opportunity for collaboration
and knowledge sharing to find solutions that improve the health of honey bees
and other pollinators."

Bayer's experts will present on topics related to the health of honey bees and
stewardship best practices, including Bayer's 25-year commitment to bee health
and development of products to control parasitic mites in honey bee hives.
Research priorities for the new Bayer Bee Care Center, scheduled to open in
2014 at Bayer's North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.,
will also be highlighted.

Bayer will also discuss the development of a new lubricant by its scientists,
which reduces dust levels from treated seeds during planting. The fluency
agent mitigates potential exposure to bees while promoting best management
practices for seed treatment applicators, growers and beekeepers. The use of
lubricants, such as talc or graphite, is a standard recommendation by seed
planter manufacturers to reduce friction and improve planting uniformity, but
recent scientific publications on this topic have triggered a debate as to the
relationship between the exposure of dust from these planters and potential
acute effects on bees. During laboratory tests, the fluency agent reduced dust
exposure up to 90 percent compared to talc and 60 percent compared to
graphite.

For more than 25 years, Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions
to improve honey bee health and this effort continues. In May, Bayer broke
ground 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 on issues involving bee health.
Earlier this year, Bayer conducted a mobile Bee Care Tour, a six-state,
2,000-mile tour to university agriculture schools to provide best management
and stewardship practices when planting treated seed to growers, beekeepers
and others. More than 2,000 people visited the Bayer mobile bee care exhibit.

Bayer is dedicated to crop protection and is committed to environmental
stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices, including the protection
of beneficial insects such as honey bees.

For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives
please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives .
You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBee Care, on Facebook
at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter and view photos on Flickr.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is
represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:
press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:

Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Beth Roden
Director of Communications & Bayer CropScience NA Coordinator
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com

Catharine Montgomery
Porter Novelli
Tel: (404) 995-4521
Email: catharine(dot)montgomery(at)porternovelli(dot)com

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Find more information at bayercropscience.us.

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CONTACT: Bayer CropScience, LP
         Beth Roden
         beth.roden@bayer.com
         (919) 549-2030
 
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