Australian scientists install sensors on bees

Published 16 January 2014, 14:12 AEST

Scientists at the University of Tasmania in Australia have installed tiny sensors on thousands of bees to study the behavior of bees and find out the reasons for the decline in the number of bees.

The Australian Scientific and Industrial Research Organization is currently working with the University of Tasmania, beekeepers and fruit growers to try a new monitoring technology to try to improve the pollination and production capacity of bees.

The project leader, Paulo de Souza, said that the installation of sensors on bees has also been done before. He said that the difference this time is that the sensors have become smaller, with both length and width 2.5 mm, and bees with sensors installed The quantity is 5000.

In fact, this sensor is like an electronic tag that records when a bee passes a certain monitoring point. Researchers can use the signals recorded by these sensors to understand how the bees move and understand the changes in their behavior. Researchers also need to look at the effects of pesticides on bees and the reasons for the decline in the number of bees worldwide.

De Souza said that if pesticides can affect bees, then it can affect the entire food industry. He said this will help them understand how to optimize production conditions and further understand the causes of colony failure disorders.

Their next phase of research is to reduce the sensor to a size of 1 millimeter so that sensors can be installed on smaller insects, including fruit flies and mosquitoes.