Vicky BoydMore than 100 beekeepers, bee researchers and other bee industry representatives recently convened for a three-day honeybee health summit at Monsanto Co.'s Chesterfield Village, Mo., research center.
The event, hosted by Project Apis m. and Monsanto's Honey Bee Advisory Committee, included presentations from some of the nation's top researchers, according to a news release.
In addition to working with the honeybee community, the company has backed best management practices to improve bee health.
Among those is the Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, released by the American Seed Trade Associaton and Crop Life America
The guide promotes the safe handling and management of treated seeds.
Officials also presented the first of a three-year project between PAm and Monsanto to promote bee forage to California growers and landowners.
More than 450 acres—130 percent of goal—have been planted in flowering plants that provide pollen to bees.
Based on input from the honey bee advisory council, Monsanto has focused on finding ways to control Varroa mite, a pin-head-sized parasite that weakens honeybees.
It also is being blamed as one of many stressors that may be responsible for colony collapse disorder.