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Australia Turns to Sensors to Save Honeybees

posted: 08/25/15
by: Danny Clemens
Honey bee with chip
CSIRO

Honeybees outfitted with small microchip sensors are recording important information about the pollinators' behavior and movement.

Helmed by CSIRO, an Australian government science organization, the microchip initiative will measure the impact of certain stress factors (like disease, pollution and climate change) on bees. The project is part of a larger research- and conservation-focused movement to better understand recent alarming declines in honeybee populations.

"The sensors, working in partnership with Intel technology, operate in a similar way to an aeroplane's black box flight recorder in that they provide us with vital information about what stress factors impact bee health," CSIRO Science Leader Professor Paulo de Souza explained in a news release.

On the other side of the planet, the United States government recently dedicated more than $80 million in federal funds to a campaign aimed at saving honeybees and other pollinators.

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