Project aimed at recovering bee population is recognized
A project to monitor bees using micro-sensors, conducted by the Vale Institute of Technology (ITV) in partnership with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is competing in the Australian Innovation Challenge awards, run by newspaper The Australian in collaboration with Shell.
To carry out this unparalleled research, called Swarm Sensing, a technology was developed to attach micro-sensors to bees to try to discover why they have recently been dying twice as fast as some years ago. Coordinated by physicist and visiting professor at ITV in Belém, Paulo de Souza, and executed in the Amazon and Tasmania, the study is looking to find the causes of so-called colony collapse disorder (CCD), which in the United States has so far killed 35% of all bees kept in captivity.
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This research is a contender in the Environment, Agriculture and Food category of the Australian Innovation Challenge, an awards program run by newspaper The Australian in partnership with Shell and supported by Australia’s Ministry of Industry. The awards are divided into five professional categories, as well as one section focused on the innovative ideas of the country’s citizens and another section for young entrepreneurs. Voting takes place via the internet. The inclusion of the bee project in these awards recognizes the international excellence of the research carried out by the Vale Institute of Technology with partners such as CSIRO. After the first phase of voting by category, the finalists in each one will compete for the main prize, which will be decided by popular vote as of November 9.