Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants
Dr. Jens Pistorius
38104 Braunschweig, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)3946 47-7201
Fax: +49 (0)3946 47-7208
14195 Berlin, Germany
The research on the protection of bees includes two main fields of research: ecotoxicology and agroecology. The institute investigates potential risks for bees and develops relevant measures to protect and promote bees.
The ecotoxicology research is independent and works on cross-product and generic topics. The focus is on potential risks, e.g. posed by systemic pesticides and flower applications of different pesticides. Further main research areas include the development and improvement of assessment and evaluation methodology, in particular with regard to the implementation of internationally accepted guidelines/guidance documents for bee risk assessments.
The focus of the ecotoxicological research is on organism-specific questions derived from the risk assessment and the investigation of supposed bee poisoning incidents, such as:
The agroecology research addresses interactions between bees (honey bees, bumblebees, and other wild bees) and their environment on a population level. The main objectives are the general protection, conservation, and promotion of bees through the creation of suitable habitats in agricultural landscapes, including horticulture, viticulture, and forestry, as well as in urban settings.
The agroecology research focus is on questions concerning the creation and management of bee-friendly habitats and the evaluation of facilitation effects of bee promoting measures, including:
For further details about current research projects, please refer to the information provided in “Projects”.