Thanks to honey bees, the third of the food humankind consumes is pollinated exactly by them. But due to the diseases, habitat loss and colony collapse disorder they started to die with a rapid speed. The honey bees have been dying across all the countries over the last decade, causing the scientists to concern on how much world’s food crops will get enough pollination. Therefore different approaches have been presented to resolve the current issue including the invention of robotic bees. The White House for example gave around 180 days to make a plan on bees protection and other pollinators.
Besides the traditional measure of bees protection and restoring the honey bee colonies, scientists came up with innovating method of dealing with a problem. Researches from Harvard University were the first ones to introduce the RoboBees back in 2013. The robots could lift off the ground and hover midair while being connected to a power supply. According to the journal Science, Harvard student Kevin Ma, the co author of the report, the team is on the eve of the big development as now the robotic bee can carry more weight.
Before it was impossible to put all the important things into robot to be able to fly, due to the minuscule structure and at the same time to keep it lightweight, so it could actually take off the ground. But according to the researches these robotic bees could actually be the ones who would artificially pollinate the fields of crops in the nearest future.
So far you can’t say that RoboBees are the exact solution to the problem of bee loss, as scientists still need to find the way how to make the bees fly on their own and communicate as for performing tasks, like real honey bees do. So far researches state that robotic bees would perform the best in the hands of people, who could coordinate their actions without relying on one single leader. According to Mr. Wood, the leader of the research, the robotic bees shouldn’t be the ones to replace the natural pollinators . Which means, that despite of all the efforts there should be the way on how to preserve the real creatures.
One of the suggestions sounded like why wouldn’t we get rid of all the pesticides, that are killing millions of bees, mainly the neonicotinoid. Ontario’s government has already made a decision to reduce the neonicotinoid pesticide by 80% no later than 2017. According to the study of Harvard University, neonicotinoid pesticides are the main cause of colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon when bees leaves their hives along with a queen bee, enough food and nurse bees to support the queen and immature bees.
Hopefully the solution to the bee loss will be found in the nearest future and maybe in few decades the Robobees are going to replace the usual honey bees.
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