With technology continuously advancing, it isn’t shocking that robotic bees are being considered to help with pollination.
Pollination is incredibly important and without it, we wouldn’t have the large majority of produce that we enjoy today. Bees are absolutely critical to the process of pollination and we have been warned, continuously, that the bee population is in serious danger.
Although none of us want bees invading our homes or backyards, they play a significant role in our world and are one of the most important insects.
Scientists have considered creating some form of a robotic bee to take some of the pressure off of the limited number of bees, and many people are starting to believe that it might be a step that we need to take in order to make up for the lack of pollination we have seen in recent years.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, roughly three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animals to pollinate them.
In January of 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed a native species of bees as endangered. (For the first time ever!)
The rapid decline in bee population led Japanese researchers to create a robotic-like bee as a temporary solution to this issue. The robot bee is a very small dro
ne, about the the size of a matchbox, with horse-like hair that aims to help transfer pollen from one plant to another.
Head researcher and chemist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science in Tsukuba, Japan, Eijiro Miyako, stated “some robots are expected to be used for experiments in pollination but no one has tried yet.”
While research still needs to be conducted to prove whether or not a robotic bee could be a true solution, they could likely help maintain the pollination process.
Bees are a vital part of our lives and we often don’t realize the major purpose they serve. However, if bees seem to be making themselves too comfortable inside or around your home, contact Blue Ridge Termite.