Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators

Courtesy of Dr. Eijiro Miyako

Courtesy of Dr. Eijiro Miyako

 

The future of pollination?

Often considered pests, frightful little creatures with a nasty sting, bees play a critical role in agriculture and the pollination of countless crops. Without them, many varieties of fruits and vegetables would come to an end…

Bee deaths have been on the rise, with losses outpacing colonies’ ability to regenerate. Last year, the U.S. lost 44 percent of all honeybee colonies — a species essential to commercial pollination in this country. Other species of bees have neared mass extinction, including the rusty patch bumble bee and seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees.

Read on at The Salt.

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