Farm Table says:
This article explores how tiny drones are being used to pollinate flowers in order to save the world from the collapse of the bee colony.
What is the problem?
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 71 of the 100 crops that account for almost all the world’s food supply depend on bee pollination.
Over the last year, 44 percent of the commercial bee population mysteriously died out.
What can drones do?
Research from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has reported that “the application of horse hairs and ionic gel to an “off-the-shelf $100 quadcopter” can successfully mimic bee pollination across a species of Japanese lilies.”
Lead researcher, Eijiro Miyako, stated “We believe that robotic pollinators could be trained to learn pollination paths using global positioning systems and artificial intelligence.”