Colony collapse disorder is a known problem affecting bee populations around the world. For some strange reason, worker bees are disappearing. So far nobody has been able to solve the mystery.
Not to fear: The sensor project shouldn't harm any bees. Before the tiny sensor goes on, the bee is placed in a cool space to induce a rest state, according to de Souza. The sensor is attached using a small amount of adhesive and then the bee is woken back up and released.
"This is a non-destructive process and the sensors appear to have no impact on the bee's ability to fly and carry out its normal duties," de Souza said in a statement about the project. Hat tip to Inhabitat.
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The little sensors are just the start. Maybe one day scientists will try this out using little cameras - or even smart phones. We need to become better partners with the bees if we're ever going to save and protect them. All our crops are on the line.
Credit: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.