Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants
Dr. Jens Pistorius
38104 Braunschweig, Germany
Tel: +49(0)531 299-4201
Fax: +49(0)531 299-3028
14195 Berlin, Germany
The focus of the research lies on current ecotoxicological and the ecological topics, both for honey bees and wild bees in agricultural landscapes. The Institute investigates potential risks to bees with special consideration of the risks from the use of plant protection products and biocides; special emphasis is research on product-independent, generic aspects (e.g. risks from dust drift and guttation of systemic and non-systemic seed treatments, tank mixtures, effects on different bee species).
One focus of the Institute is the development and improvement of new assessment- and evaluation methods, on advancements of standardized experimental designs for the risk evaluation and their implementation as guidelines on a national and international level.
Focuses of ecotoxicological research are issues related to the risk assessment methodology, risk evaluation und the investigation of suspected bee poisoning incidents, such as:
As a new workscope, the Institute will investigate the impacts how structuring and composition of especially agricultural landscapes and also urban areas impact health, performance and vitality of managed honey bees and all other wild bees, both on the individual and the population level. Thereby research should be centred on investigations which measures have positive influence on honey bees, wild bees or the bee diversity, e.g. setting cross-linked habitats with near-natural vegetation and flowering strips, with the aim of identifying crop- and landscape specific measures to improve the well being and protection of bees in agricultural-, horticultural or forestral cropping systems. These results are intended to provide the scientific basis for future measures to promote, foster and fund affirmative action for appropriate habitats with sufficient forage and nesting resources.