Laboratory Tours 2017

Bayer Crop Science: Bee Care Center
Wednesday, April 26
9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For nearly 30 years, Bayer has been committed to environmental stewardship and the protection of beneficial insects and bees. Providing society with safe, abundant and affordable food depends both on finding solutions to increase crop yields and protecting pollinators. Bayer’s Bee Care Program has developed several major initiatives to improve bee health, including “Feed A Bee” which aims to improve nutrition for pollinations through additional forage sources; and “Healthy Hives 2020” which funds research to improve hive health in the United States by the year 2020. 

Bayer Crop Science: Greenhouse 1, Greenhouse 5 and Greenhouse 6
Wednesday, April 26
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Since 2010, Bayer has invested nearly $150 million in their Research Triangle Park campus, which now houses both their North American Headquarters as well as their Global Seeds Headquarters. This investment represents meaningful impact for the Research Triangle Park in terms of job creation and economic success as well as the world at large, as Bayer develops technologies to meet the world’s growing demand for food. Bayer’s commitment to the future of farming is highlighted by their recent investment in Greenhouse 5 (61,000 sf; completed in 2012), Greenhouse 1 (29,500 sf; completed in 2015) and Greenhouse 6 (74,000 sf; completed in 2016). These innovative “Glass Labs” house contain environments for plant growth and experimentation. The research environments include Laboratories, Seed Handling Rooms, Growth Chambers and Greenhouse compartments including one BL3-P compartment for plant pathogen studies. The Greenhouse compartments contain innovative features such as temperature and humidity control, diffuse glazing materials, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and fertigation systems, above and below bench air distribution, supplemental growth lighting and plant growth chambers, containment and security of research activities.

Syngenta Biotechnology Inc.: Innovation Center, RTP
Wednesday, April 26
2 – 4 p.m.

Syngenta’s first-of-its-kind, $72 million Advanced Crop Lab allows company researchers to simulate any agricultural climate and precisely measure plant inputs—the key to helping farmers grow more food from fewer resources. Housing 30 climate-controlled growth environments in all-glass greenhouses, Syngenta can simulate conditions from Iowa in one room and from Africa right next to it. This flexibility allows company researchers to focus on developing agricultural traits that optimize crop yields, use resources efficiently and resist various stresses that farmers face every day across the globe. Design elements of the facility include insulated glass walls that provide a virtually shadowless indoor environment, a liquid-fertigation system to feed and water the plants and an automated roof-washing system. The building is Green Globes Certified, which recognizes the company’s sustainable construction processes. In constructing the new facility, Syngenta reclaimed a former industrial site and recycled more than 85 percent of those materials. The 136,000 sf facility is located within the 50-acre Syngenta RTP Innovation Center.

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