Companies have been pursuing different technologies to try to slow down mass colony collapse. An Israeli start-up has developed a robotic bee hive to minimize the risk of colonies collapsing. The hive is roughly the size of a cargo trailer and houses 24 colonies. It is equipped with a robotic arm that slides between honeycombs, computer vision and cameras. There has been a drastic fall in bee numbers around the world, largely due to intensive agriculture, the use of pesticides, pests and climate change. Companies have been pursuing different technologies to try to slow down mass colony collapse. The buzz of the bees drowned out the hum of the robotic arm, which worked with an efficiency no human beekeeper could match. One after another the machine scanned stacks of honeycombs that together could house up to two million bees – inspecting them for disease, monitoring for pesticides and reporting in real time any hazards that threatened the colony. The next-generation hive was developed by Israeli startup Beewise, which says that this kind of around-the-clock care is what is needed to minimize the risk of colonies collapsing. There has been a drastic fall in bee numbers around the world, largely […]

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