In Australia, 5000 bees made cyborgs




In Australia, 5000 bees made cyborgs

Scientists are concerned that reducing the bee population may lead to a decrease in grain crops and, as a consequence, cause food shortages worldwide . In an attempt to change the situation and stop this trend, scientists have equipped 5,000 flying insects in Australia with special sensors designed to track their behavior. This will help to better understand the so-called syndrome of destruction of the colonies, which causes serious damage to honey production and ecosystem.

Activities of the researchers from the countries of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO) aims to increase the population of bees and honey production.

Sensor measuring just 2.5 x 2.5 millimeters is mounted on the back of the bee. First involved in environmental monitoring such a large number of insects, British newspaper The Daily Mail.

Bees play a vital role in the ecosystem. They contribute to the pollination of various crops, helping to increase productivity. About a third of us consumed in food products depends on pollination, but the population of honeybees worldwide collapses due to parasitic mites Varroa syndrome and destruction of colonies – says project leader Dr. Paulo de Souza, noting that none of these dangers have not yet threatens Australia.


The study also touches the issue of the impact of pesticides used in agriculture, honey bees. Scientists will observe insects feeding in places of frequent use of chemicals.

This technology should help us to understand the relationship of bees to the environment, optimal production conditions, as well as to further explore the causes of the collapse syndrome colonies – adds the researcher.

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High-tech “backpacks” behind bees are tiny RFID-tags (Radio Frequency Identification – RFID) that record the passage of certain insects checkpoint. Similar sensors are used in automobiles for travel on toll highway.

Collected RFID-sensor information is sent to the main office for further research drawing three-dimensional motion map 5000 bees.

Dr de Souza said that bees as social insects, characterized by a return to its original location and a very predictable schedule.

Any changes in the behavior of insects indicate changes in the environment. After modeling their motions, we can very quickly sort out this issue, – he says.

The resulting research knowledge will be transferred to farmers and gardeners for their practical application .

In the future, the researchers plan to reduce the size of the sensors up to 1 millimeter, which will allow them to cling to more bugs, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies.
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