A new study to investigate the global decline in bee population uses amazing new technology.
According to NBC, a team of Australian researchers have announced an experiment to investigate the global decline in bee populations. However, they are using some incredible new technology to undertake this task. They have attached microscopic sensors to pollinators, and packaged them both in a miniature “bee backpack.”
“The tiny technology allows researchers to analyze the effects of stress factors including disease, pesticides, air pollution, water contamination, diet and extreme weather on the movements of bees and their ability to pollinate,” said Dr. Paulo de Souza, a researcher with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. continues, “We’re also investigating what key factors, or combination of factors, lead to bee deaths en masse.”
Furthermore, he comments, “The time is now for a tightly-focused, well-coordinated national and international effort, using the same shared technology and research protocols, to help solve the problems facing honey bees worldwide before it is too late.”
Gary Fitt, from Australian national science agency CSIRO, added that these micro-sensors they are using could monitor the behavior of the bees both inside and outside the hive.
Fitt concluded, “What we are gathering with the sensors is environmental information from where the bees have been. It tells us about their changes in behavior – how often and how long they’re foraging, whether they’re feeding, what they’re doing in the hives.”