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How IoT Can Save the Bees
The news is constantly abuzz with the grave issues that all pollinators are facing. With bees to thank for 30 percent of our food and an estimated 9.5 billion people to feed by 2050, colony collapse, which is already catastrophic, is accelerating when we’ll need bees more than ever. Thankfully, researchers and innovators worldwide have turned to #agtech and #apitech innovations, many of which make use of IoT, so that we can remain positive about the intertwined future of humans and bees. While winter losses of beehives up to 15 percent are sustainable, the US experienced a 28 percent winter hive loss and a nearly 43 percent total hive loss in 2016. The biggest challenge is that this widespread hive collapse—known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)—doesn’t yet have a single cause. It’s commonly attributed to a variety of factors including diseases like American Foul Brood, parasites such as the Varroa mite, and pesticide use (e.g. neonicotinoids). Due to the mystery that still surrounds the loss of bee hives, it’s more critical than ever before that we leverage technology—specifically, IoT—to gain more insight into the catastrophe in order to reverse it.
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