“Nature is more depth than surface.”
Paul Cézanne
Project COLOSS
The Ricola Foundation supports the international network COLOSS (Prevention of Honeybee Colony Losses) to enhance and maintain research institutes, universities and beekeepers for the prevention of honeybee colony losses around the world.

Project Uganda
In cooperation with Swisscontact the Ricola Foundation supports a project in Uganda. Beekeepers there are trained and supported to ensure that the country is in a position to produce sufficient quality honey. 

Project Bees path Nenzlingen
In the surroundings of the Ricola Herb Garden in Nenzlingen a bee trail leads through a discovery journey into the world of bees.

Project Colombia
The aim is to limit the exodus of indigenous people in the Amazon region to urban areas, through the sustainable use of biodiversity. For that purpose, the Ricola Foundation is supporting together with three local institutions (Universidad de Pamplona, Universidad Central and Fundación Aroma Verde) the 1st project in the Amazon region of Colombia for rearing and managing different species of wild stingless bees. These bees provide high quality honey with a market perspective.

Project Norway
Through natural selection a Norwegian bee colony has achieved resistance to the Varroa mite. The Ricola Foundation supports the University of Bern, which explores the properties of these bees.

Project Varroa Ring Test
The Ricola foundation supports a large-scale European Ring Test on Varroa destructor. The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is the main threat to survival of European honeybees. For over 20 years, breeding efforts have not achieved that honeybee colonies survive infestations without the need for mite control.