Miniature radio tags, kind of like toll cards for cars, are being attached to the back of bees to help them survive the threat of exotic diseases.
Five thousand tags are being fitted to bees in southern Tasmania. Justin Forsett Ravens Jerseys The information they generate will be used to learn more about bee movement and behaviour.
CSIRO Science Leader Dr Paulo de Souza has been instrumental in developing the tiny radio frequency identification sensor. Yadier Molina Jersey He says the technology works because bees are social animals: “Because the communication range we have today is pretty short, we can read the data about 30 centimetres away. nike air max 1 pas cher So if we have an insect that passes a specific place that we can read the data, that will help us a lot.”
Beekeeper Peter Norris is hopeful the technology can be used to eradicate the exotic Asian Honey Bee, found in Queensland. New Balance buty damskie “It’s fantastic for our industry, particularly if we can get to the point where we can take GPS readings.
It would be a real breakthrough from a pollination point of view for working out pollination densities.
“But probably one of the major things I’d like to see it used for is eradicating Apis cerana, which was an incursion in Cairns in 2007. Scarpe Kobe 11 Unfortunately it wasn’t eradicated and it’s now moved to a management situation. But with this chip, if we could trap Apis cerana at feeding stations, we could get GPS readings of where the nests are. Nike Air Max Flyknit Heren We would be in a position to eradicate it.”
Dr de Souza says that, in the future, even smaller radio transmitters could be used to study Queensland fruit fly, an increasingly concerning issue in New Zealand.