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Researchers Are Building Pollinator Drones For Our Future

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Our present is not likely as our past. It changed completely and will change continuously. Good or bad we don’t know but better to be prepared for any kind of catastrophe.

Bees are wiping out and their number is decreasing in a rushing manner. As bees are always a great way of pollination but what if the day come when there will be no bees or very few?

The answer is pollinating drones

Yes, We rely heavily on bees and other species to pollinate our plants, and though there isn’t global data, there have been enough local die-offs to spark widespread concern, according to a report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

So whats really happening?

Now, a team of scientists from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan have engineered drones featuring a specially-engineered adhesive that can pick up and deposit pollen.

The team mission is not to replace natural pollinators, but to assist them in their pollination efforts. They think that in a future, when bee populations are lower, drones like these might be able to relieve the stress of having to do all of the pollination.

The pollinators aren’t quite ready for our dystopian future, yet-they’re still quite hard to control, said Miyako. Plus, the team used remote controls an only tested the drone on one kind of flower-it’s not like the drone crawled inside, as would be necessary to pollinate certain crops. I asked whether he was concerned about whether the drones might harm other animals or bees. He wasn’t. “I think they might be familiar with our robotic drones soon,” he said.

Others Opinions

But others don’t see robotic drones as a realistic solution to humanity’s pollinator problem. Biologist David Goulson from the University of Sussex in the UK pointed me towards his blog , where he wrote on Tuesday that we should “look after [bees], not plan for their demise:”

If conservationists used the same drones that Miyako did, that would equal up to $100 dollars per bee-which would mean a whole lot of money to replace even a single hive. Miyako said that reducing the cost was very important to him.

 

Article story credits – Gizmodo

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  1. Gulnag Singh

    February 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Good article

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