Love them or hate them, without Honey Bee’s we won’t survive. Bee’s pollinate the everyday foods we eat making them vital to our way of life. The honey bee population here in the US is in critical condition from what scientists are calling “Colony Collapse Disorder” or CCD where bees leave their hives to pollinate and never return. What is causing CCD is still unknown.As bee populations continue to decline for reasons that baffle scientists, researchers at Intel Research Pittsburgh at Carnagie Mellon University are in the early stages of utilizing video sensing to learn more about honey bee behaviors. A camera above the entrance of the hive records the arrivals and departures of each bee allowing researchers to track numbers and essentially the overall health of a particular hive or colony.
Honey bee video monitoring- Intel researchers tackle agricultural issues
The goal of this project is to continue to study bee colonies and eventually gather useful information that could possibly stop CCD before it starts in otherwise healthy bee colonies across the country.