Bee Health

Bee Basics

Honey bee on coneflower

Bees are vitally important to the sustainability of agriculture. At least one third of the human food supply from crops and plants depends on insect pollination, most of which is done by bees. As bees fly from plant to plant gathering pollen or nectar, the pollen they pick up at one plant brushes off on the next, completing the bees’ reproductive role in cross-pollination.

Stewardship in Action

Honey bee pollinating canola

Concerns about the potential impact of seed treatment technology on pollinators (such as honey bees) highlight the importance of stewardship and communication. Syngenta is committed to protecting pollinators and is involved with a number of initiatives locally and globally to support bee health.

Seed Applied Insecticides

Treated wheat seed

Seed Applied Insecticides (SAIs) are one of the most advanced forms of crop protection technology, offering growers a targeted, environmentally sustainable means of pest management. Applied directly to the seed only where needed, the amount of SAI required for protection is significantly less than what is required for broadcast sprays and in-furrow treatments.

Did you know?

  • 1 out of every 3 mouthfuls of food we eat and beverages we drink is facilitated by insect pollination
  • Approximately 70% of the top 100 food and fibre crops rely on insect pollination
  • Approximately 90% of wild plants use insect pollination for reproduction, underscoring their role in promoting biodiversity