Bee gone: Scientists turn to technology as declining bee numbers threaten global food security
Written by Daniel van Herck :: [Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:25]
Created Wednesday, 23 May 2018 Hits 147 views
Research into robotic replacements for bees is being spearheaded by Eijiro Miyako at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. A manually controlled drone, the device is around four centimeters wide and is covered in horse hair treated with a gel designed to collect pollen. In March, US retail giant Walmart filed a patent for robotic bees that it hopes will be able to pollinate crops like their real-life counterparts. Although the company’s plans for the robotic-swarm patent are unclear, some experts believe the retail giant is moving further into the agriculture market.