How Hitachi Ltd. is Saving Bees

How Hitachi Ltd. is Saving Bees

Humankind has toyed with new technology and innovations in such a way that it has resulted in the destruction of the planet. Every day the seas are getting more polluted, the trees are being slaughtered and the wildlife is slowly moving towards extinction. One such species is that of a bee. Bee is very critical to the survival of lifeforms on Earth. Bees are responsible for 1/3rd of all the pollination that takes place in the plant kingdom. Never to be underestimated by its size, the extinction of a bee can result in a wipe-out of all other creatures. As per the current trend, the bee population is going down by 30% each year, and the repercussion is already visible in the agricultural sector.  It is high time that technology should be used wisely to save the environment instead of harming it further, just like Hitachi Group is doing.

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Hitachi Chemical Corporation Limited has collaborated with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to study the behavior of bees using innovative tracking technology. In order to successfully track bees, the behavior has been studied by researchers and scientists at a granular level. Hitachi supplied Miniature Radio Frequency Identification Tags (RFID) which is a 2.5mm x 2.5mm chip, which is worn on a bee’s back. These chips are very durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions as well. These chips can be used for multiple IoT applications for tracking packages, documents, etc. In this study, these chips are used to constantly detect when a bee enters and exits a hive. This can be detected within a 4m range due to the booster antenna inbuilt. This experiment allowed the researchers to analyze the effects of all stress factors such as diet, air and water contamination, diseases and weather conditions. A lot of discoveries were made during the process as well. “We have learned a lot about bees since we started the experiment. 20% of bees from one hive will go to the next hive, stay a few days a then fly back. That is important knowledge for the keepers because this is how they could spread disease,” claimed Professor Paulo de Souza, the Science leader at CSIRO. This technology has helped Australia to become one of the first countries to have overcome the devastating Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder.

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This collaboration between Hitachi and CSIRO has led to many other companies collaborating and funding research with scientific organizations to develop more technologies in order to protect the wildlife and environment. Experts say that it is only a matter of time before the bee population is completely extinct. More technology should be developed to save Earth for it’s the ultimatum.

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