Centro de Treinamento Bayer Uberlândia MG
Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Certified through 2022
Bee Care of CTB
About the Program
The Centro de Treinamento Bayer Uberlândia, also known as the Uberlândia Training Center, is located in the Uberlândia municipality of the southern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Training Center encompasses almost 300 acres of Brazil’s second largest biome, known as the cerrado. This savanna environment is a global biodiversity hotspot, yet it is also one of the most threatened by human activity such as agriculture. Because of this, efforts are underway at the site to support the needs of different species native to the cerrado through intentional plantings and addition of features to the landscaped areas of the site. This is done so that they reflect habitat features present in the natural Legal Reserve section of the property, which Brazilian law forbids from being developed.
Practices and Impacts
- A bee hotel was installed in the fall of 2019 near a pond and garden on site. This was done to attract and support a wide range of native, solitary bee species, with the end goal of supporting these pollinators for the benefit of nearby agricultural areas as well.
- A few months later, the garden site was expanded and improved through the planting of a greater diversity of flowering plants, including ornamental species, fruit trees, and native trees. All of these increased the food availability for the bees using the bee hotel.
- The bee hotel has the additional purpose of serving as a didactic tool. Informational panels are incorporated into the hotel structure to teach people about the bee hotel and about solitary bees and the importance of preserving them.
- Monitoring of the usage of the bee hotel indicates that it is attracting a wide diversity of bee species, and that usage is increasing overall. This led to the decision to hire consultants in the future in order to identify every bee species the bee hotel is attracting, which will be important for the overall understanding of these pollinators.
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