(PBS NewsHour) With bees in decline, some see a business opportunity. A company called Dropcopter is trying to create a drone to spread pollen. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute is designing a miniature autonomous flying vehicle they call the Robobee that might be used for pollination. But some bee experts are skeptical of a technological fix and say we need to focus more on protecting the real live bees that are still here.
(2 Million Blossoms) 2 Million Blossoms, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to protecting our pollinators, will reportedly print its first issue in January 2020. The magazine is planning to offer short and long form articles exploring how bees, birds, butterflies and bats enhance the planet.
(FoodNavigator) A Belgian start-up is analyzing pollen samples to monitor bees’ environments, a Quebecois innovation is tapping AI tech to “give bees a voice”, and dairy farmers in the UK and Sweden are creating insect-friendly ecosystems to promote biodiversity.
(Science|Business) BeeHero’s sensors provide up to the minute information to beekeepers. BeeHero now collects data from 20,000 hives. The company says it has created the largest repository of bee data in the world. “The more data we have, the more we can improve the accuracy of our systems.”