The JKI Institute for Bee Protection currently has 31 employees and has excellent expertise and infrastructure for laboratory and field tests. One of the preliminary work is the project “Optimal recording of influences on the pollination performance and vitality of bee colonies”. Research at the institute focuses on ecotoxicology and ecology of honey and wild bees. The institute examines possible risks for bees from pesticides and is also working intensively on developing new testing and evaluation methods and improving existing ones. The institute is currently addressing the question of which measures for the design of agricultural landscapes and urban spaces affect the health and performance of honeybees and wild bees in what way. The development and application of indicators that are measured using the latest technology therefore fits perfectly into the portfolio.
The company Gero Meßsysteme GmbH deals with the development, production and sale of systems for data acquisition. The main areas of application are water supply, meteorology, industry, hydraulic engineering and environmental protection. The services include sensors, data loggers and software packages. Gero has 9 employees and since 2012 there has been a cooperation with the JKI to develop an electronic bee counter, which was initially equipped with light barriers, but now with capacitive measurement technology due to the better accuracy. The devices are available in sufficient numbers.
As an established contract laboratory in the field of ecotoxicology, Biochem Agrar offers a wide range of tests for the approval / registration of pesticides / biocides / chemicals and medical products. The implementation of GLP-compliant studies is based on the currently valid OECD, ISO, IOBC, EPPO and EPA guidelines as well as many years of experience in the field. The modern laboratory complex enables the processing of a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial studies. In addition to the standard laboratory studies, Biochem Agrar offers a wide range of higher-tier studies in the greenhouse, under semi-field conditions and in the field. A wide-ranging internal BioChem test center network and its infrastructure can be used. Biochem Agrar GmbH has 120 employees (http://www.biochemagrar.de/deutsch/leistungen/oekotoxikologie/oekotoxikologie.html, 09/17/19).
RIFCON GmbH is an independent scientific service company with a focus on the assessment and approval of pesticides and biopesticides. This focus includes i.a. the implementation of ecotoxicological semi-field and field studies of pollinators, the assessment within the framework of the EU guidelines as well as the feasibility of guidance documents, recommendations of new or modified test designs and basic scientific studies and publications. In addition, the ‘Effect Modeling and Statistics’ team, which currently has 6 employees, is involved in the creation and application of process-based models and statistical data analyzes for the risk assessment of pesticides. A total of around 170 scientific employees are currently employed at RIFCON GmbH, including a beekeeper. For scientific exchange in the area of effect modeling, among other things, there is good networking with universities and research institutions as well as lively contact with approval authorities and industrial partners.
The Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ was founded in Leipzig and Halle in 1991. It currently employs around 1100 people. The UFZ is now a globally recognized competence center for research into and remediation of environmental pollution as well as for the protection of biodiversity and natural landscapes. It was involved in over 100 EU projects as well as numerous national projects, including those funded by the BMEL. The Department of Ecological Systems Analysis employs around 40 modelers and is one of the largest and most experienced groups in ecological modeling worldwide. It has developed numerous models for the protection of endangered species and ecosystems and was a sought-after partner in national and international projects. Its particular strength lies in the individual-based and spatially explicit simulation, which allows the development of practical solutions.
The specialist center for bees and beekeeping (FBI) in the service center for the rural area of Westerwald-Osteifel, as an institution of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, is responsible for all beekeeping matters in this state and, through cooperation agreements, also in Saarland and North Rhine-Westphalia. The main focus of work is the nationwide monitoring systems TrachtNet with more than 300 measuring points in Germany and nationwide surveys (> 10,000 location-related data sets j