Brandon Turbeville – February 21, 2017
As the bee population in the United States continues to decline, some scientists are working on a backup option which many people are calling the Robobee.
A recent announcement coming out of the journal Chem, in an article by Eijiro Miyako, a chemist that the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, involves the combination of a drone and a gel to create a robot version of the endangered pollinators.
Miyako and his team used a four-propeller drone to which they attached horse hairs in order to mimic the fuzzy body of a bee. They coated the horse hairs with the gel so that pollen would stick to the horse hairs which would then be carried from one plant to another.
Miyako said he doesn’t believe that the drones would replace bees but that it could help bees with their pollinating duties.