DRIVEN BY NATURE
Greenhouses have changed
Over the last two decades the working environment of commercial bumblebees has changed
significantly. Market demands and competition urge growers to cultivate more plants per
square metre. Climate change and technological developments have brought new challenges for
pollinators: artificial lights, denser cultivation, greater temperature variations, and many more.
A natural solution
While searching for solutions, we focused on the fact that bumblebees see differently to
humans. We have used this knowledge to incorporate reflective cues on the Natupol hives to
help bumblebees navigate in complex working environments. This results in better pollination.
Partners with Nature
Bumblebees are important ‘drivers’ for safe
food production. They cannot survive
alongside pesticides and are a constant
reminder for growers to use alternatives to
chemical agents where possible. They are
true partners with nature!
What is beevision?
Introducing colours and changes in the print in
special coatings on the Natupol nest boxes, now helps
bumblebees to find their way back to their hives
faster. The innovation means that bumblebees use
less energy for finding the hive in the crop and have
more energy to spend on effective pollination. The
cues play an even more important role when light
conditions are not optimal.
The best pollinators
Bumblebees, used as commercial pollinators since 1989,
continue to provide the best pollination for tomatoes.
Today, commercially produced bumblebees are used in
over a hundred different crops around the world.