(Syrcause.com) Dropcopter, a startup that uses drones to pollinate orchards, won $500,000 in the Grow-NY food and agriculture business competition. Combplex, another startup that’s testing the use of lasers to kill Varroa mites on honey bees, was awarded $250,000.
(Syracuse.com) Dropcopter is a startup company that uses drones instead of bees to pollinate orchards. For the second year in a row, Dropcopter has found itself a finalist in a state-funded business competition. And if it’s lucky enough to be one of the winners again, it says it will use any money it receives to expand its staff.
(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.