Student Laboratory in green Fields

Baylab Monheim

Since 2009, the Bayer Group's plant research is represented in its own Baylab.
Inside the student lab in Monheim, Germany, almost everything revolves around plants. Here, young researchers learn how rapeseed oil is obtained, and how rapeseed plants can be modified by using targeted breeding. 

Profile

Location:

Monheim

Country:

Germany

Founded:

2009

Participants:

approximately 1,000 students per year (3rd to 13th grade)

Thematic Focus:

Plants secure nutrition for the world - which makes agricultural research so important. At Baylab, young researchers experience an exciting day in Monheim, where they discover the fields of biotechnology and breeding biology. Young visitors isolate oil from rape seeds, analyze different varieties using methods from molecular biology or investigate the genetic makeup of plants.

Background and History:

Since 2009, Bayer’s plant research is also presented in a Baylab. At the research campus of the Division CropScience in Monheim, young scientists can make their first biotechnological analyses.

Programs

School Projects

Bees and Honey
Elementary Level, 3rd – 4th grade

Topic

This project focuses on the bee and its importance for us and the environment. Using models and microscopic samples, students can explore the anatomy of bees. They can not only simulate the pollination of flowers, but also perform pollen analyses using microscopes to determine the origin of honey.
Through chemical experiments they learn about the ingredients of honey and can investigate under which conditions honey can be used as a natural therapy. In the experiments, the measurement and mixing of liquids, the dissolution of solids and the use of test sticks and sensors are practiced. Through experimentation, accurate observation and logical reasoning is trained.

Info

  • Time: 09.00 am – 12.00 noon ; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Arrival and departure: after personal arrangement by bus organized by the Bayer AG
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer CropScience
Alfred-Nobel-Straße 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Sandwich Scientists – on the track of nutrients
3rd – 5th grade

Topic

Where does our food come from and what exactly is in your school sandwich? Whether carbohydrates or vitamins, the young researchers investigate all the nutrients.

Note: In this project the students will have contact with different food products. Teachers should identify allergies in their school class and report them to the Baylab staff in advance.

Info

  • Time: 09.00 am – 12.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Arrival and departure: after personal arrangement by bus organized by the Bayer AG
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer CropScience
Alfred-Nobel-Straße 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Extraction of rape seed oil from rape seeds
Lower & Upper Secondary Level, 8th – 13th grade

Topic

The students compare rapeseed oil with other vegetable oils by determining the iodine value.

Info

  • Time: 08.30 am – 03.30 pm; incl. breakfast & lunch break (Please bring your own food.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer CropScience
Alfred-Nobel-Straße 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Plant Light Lab
Lower & Upper Secondary Level, 9th – 13th grade

Topic

This project focuses on the plant as a light laboratory. How does photosynthesis work in detail and what do the different plant dyes have to achieve? Can we imitate light-dependent redox reactions in a lab?
Model experiments are used to investigate: the material cycle in photosynthesis and cell respiration; light as a catalyst for photosynthesis; energy conversion and storage in photosynthesis.
Furthermore, the plant dyes chlorophyll and ß-carotene are investigated by chromatography and absorption as well as in model experiments.

Info

  • Time: 08.30 am – 03.30 pm; incl. breakfast & lunch break (Please bring your own food.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer CropScience
Alfred-Nobel-Straße 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

SMART Breeding: Molecular Genetics in Plant Breeding
Upper Secondary Level, 11th – 13th grade

Topic

One of the greatest challenges for the agriculture of the future is the development of crops and fodder crops with improved characteristics. SMART Breeding (Selection with Markers and Advanced Reproductive Technologies) is an important tool for modern plant breeders. This precision breeding through marker-assisted selection enables the breeder to identify valuable gene variants for agriculture more quickly using a genetic fingerprint of cultivated plants.

In the school laboratory in Monheim, rape, the second most important oilseed in the world, is analysed for its suitability as an edible oil using a genetic fingerprint. The molecular genetic analysis includes DNA isolation from two rapeseed varieties, PCR, gel electrophoresis and the detection of a specific mutation.

Two rape varieties are examined for their suitability as edible oil or as oil for technical purposes using molecular genetic methods. This gives an insight into the work of the plant breeder.

Info

  • Time: 08.30 am – 03.30 pm; incl. breakfast & lunch break (Please bring your own food.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer CropScience
Alfred-Nobel-Straße 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Holiday Projects

Modern Agriculture and Nutrition
14 – 17 years

Topic

On 4 days in the summer holidays, the Baylab Monheim invites interested young people from the age of 14 to 17 to experience modern agriculture. What does everyday lab life in plant research look like? What are the challenges of this century? These and many other questions are waiting for the participants.

The detailed programme will be sent to the participants before the summer holidays.

If you have content-related questions please contact katrin.schneider@bayer.com or julie1d4f07bfb81b4fd6aee7a25ca112fa16.luettgen@96d3a3107a144f61b3d4c249ee1c5588bayer.com.

Info

  • Time: 4 days in summer holidays // 09.00 am – 01.00 pm
  • Number of participants: 20 teens
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge
  • Please bring your own breakfast

Date 2019

Summer holidays: 15. – 18.07.

Address

Bayer CropScience
Alfred-Nobel-Straße 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein

Registration

We do not offer holiday projects in English at our German locations.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

If you have content-related questions please contact baylab@d472f87cdbd84fa5a291fb4f018515debayer.com.