Beekeepers monitor their colonies frequently, assessing various parameters in order to ensure that the colonies are healthy and happy. However, monitoring takes time and colonies may prefer not to be disturbed so often.
What if we could tell what the colonies need and direct beekeepers to the colonies that really need it?
beeNose is based on technical devices that analyse volatile organic compounds. These devices work like an electronic nose. We analyse this data and correlate it with a status (Varroa stress, specific diseases, risk of swarming).
Tests with Bonn University and professional beekeeper Imkerei Bienenwiese showed promising results which are further investigated towards a potential service beekeepers can use to monitor their colonies based on volatile organic compound data.
The project was funded by the European Space Agency’s SPARK funding programme.
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