European scientists are working on autonomous bee robots that can interact with real insects. They will be able to explore and even understand other bees.
Bee robots will help insects overcome negative factors. Bees play an extremely important role in the ecosystem. They support biodiversity, promoting the reproduction of various plants, which play an important role in the food pyramid.
Researchers studied bees to help them better deal with environmental pollution. Insects are sensitive to environmental changes and are very vulnerable to direct and indirect exposure to herbicides and pesticides.
To better understand the behavior of bees, a research team from the University of Graz created autonomous bee robots. New robots are able to work independently and create their own mini-swarms.
They can also interact with bees. Their appearance and behavior are so realistic that real insects will not drive them away. Instead, they will be taken to the hive as members of the colony.
Sensors equipped with robots will be able to provide video surveillance in the interior of the hive. Scientists will be able to observe the behavior and interaction of insects.
Robots can also be used to target bees in the hive. For example, they could report the location of food.
Data obtained from robots will be used to develop new methods for protecting bees from negative factors. In turn, preserving these priceless insects will help protect the environment.
Austrian study is part of the project
Self-organization and integration into the society of animals and robots.
It is funded by the European Commission from the Future and Emerging Technologies Research Program Fund.
Protecting important species is one of the goals of the project. Also, the results of numerous studies under the project are used in agriculture and medicine.
Scientists hope that bee robots will provide new, deeper ways to interact with humans and animals. If the bee robot is still at the development stage, then the robot that identifies diseases and determines the level of plant development is already on sale.