Bees are very important to our world, so important that 90 per cent of the world would remain hungry if they were not there. Scientists have been screaming this fact for years and nwo media all over the world is drooling over the same fact. Bee colonies have been suffering with the same kind of losses in UK. The reasons for this have been many including decrease of pollen-rich plants, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), hives destruction by mites, and increasing use of pesticides and fertilizers.
A small silver lining to this catastrophe is that there has been an increasing awareness about this topic among the animal loving lobby. It is for this reason, there are so many of them who have started the practice of beekeeping. It is very simple to get your hands on some bees, all you need to do order a simple box from internet. Keeping bees is a much simpler task than it once was. Also, to make things more simpler beekeepers are now using technology to monitor bees conditions. They are also using monitors to improve their buzzy workforce by taking record of their data that is later analyzed by other researchers.
The WDLabs donated a PiDrive to the Honey Bee Gardens Project that helped the beekeeper David Ammons and his partner Graham Toal in creating The Hive Project. It is basically an electric beehive colony that keeps a check on real-time bee data. CCD or COlony Collapse Disorder is a mysterious problem where colonies and colonies of bees are hit by diseases that disappear simply. The hive remains intact all by itself, also gets filled with honey up to brim but there is no sign of bees. The electric hive here gives 24/7 footage of inner hive keeping a close check on hive population.
The data given by this project will be of great use in survival of bees, bringing growth to their population and understanding their conditions.
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