Bee Drone Could Help Pollinate Crops

Macro of working bee on honeycells.

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers, assisting nature with cross pollination, and helping the disappearing bee. The small drones used to mimic bees are in the testing phase to be potential pollinators. Currently, the bee population is severely declining reportedly due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD), which can be caused by pesticides, fungi, viruses, pathogens, climate change or a combination of these factors.

Honey bees contribute over 15 billion in value to the U.S. Agriculture every year. It is estimated that every third bite of food that we eat is pollinated by a bee. Pollination is an important role in the fertilization of plants; this process is accomplished by bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, and even the flowers themselves.

The goal of the drones, it not to replace the bee, only to assist, working side by side with the bees to increase crop yields.



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