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To Keep Bees from Disappearing, Listen to Their Buzz

An inexpensive acoustic listening system can monitor bees in flight using data from small microphones in the field.

June 12, 2017

Bombus balteatus queen collecting nectar from the alpine clover, Trifolium parryi. The buzzes of bees flying from flower to flower tell scientists how much pollination the clover population is getting over time and predict seed production in these alpine wildflowers. (Credit: Jennifer Geib/Appalachian State University)

Bombus balteatus queen collecting nectar from the alpine clover, Trifolium parryi. The buzzes of bees flying from flower to flower tell scientists how much pollination the clover population is getting over time and predict seed production in these alpine wildflowers. (Credit: Jennifer Geib/Appalachian State University)

New research shows how farmers could use the technology to monitor pollination and increase food production. Read the full story.