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Robot bees vs real bees – why tiny drones can't compete with the real thing - The Conversation UK

Elizabeth Franklin does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners. Bournemouth ...and more »

Japanese scientists create gel to allow tiny drones to mimic bees, collect pollen - ABC Online

Japanese scientists are investigating whether tiny drones can deliver pollen to flowers, mimicking the role of bees, as the insect faces increasing threats from viruses and pesticides around the world. The drones are capable of flying between lily ...and more »

Robotic bee could help pollinate crops as real bees decline - New Scientist

A drone that can pollinate flowers may one day work side by side with bees to improve crop yields. About three-quarters of global crop species, from apples to almonds, rely on pollination by bees and other insects. But pesticides, land clearing and ...and more »

Robo-Bees Could Aid Insects with Pollination Duties - Scientific American

Mini drones sporting horsehair coated in a sticky gel could one day take the pressure off beleaguered bee populations by transporting pollen from plant to plant, researchers said. Roughly three-quarters of the world's flowering plants and about 35 ...and more »

Could this pollinating drone replace butterflies and bees? - Science Magazine

Pollinators around the world are in trouble: A recent report puts 40% of the smallest ones—like butterflies and bees—at risk of extinction. Could miniature drones fill the gap? To find out, researchers ordered a small drone online and souped it up ...and more »

Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators - Science Daily

Date: February 9, 2017; Source: Cell Press; Summary: As bees slip onto the endangered species lists, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. The undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated with horse hairs and an ...and more »

Japan Has Created Black Mirror-Inspired Bee Drones - Futurism

Researchers in Japan have created insect-sized drones capable of artificial pollination, thanks to the help of horse hair and an ionic sticky gel. As bees enter the endangered species list in the United States, these natural pollinators will need all ...and more »

A Possible Bee Replacement: Tiny Drones Covered In Sticky Goop - Modern Farmer

With the mass bee extinction showing no signs of stopping—we lost 44 percent of all bee colonies last year—efforts to save the bees might need some supplementation. Eijiro Miyako, a researcher at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial ...and more »

Japanese scientists develop sticky insect-sized drones to help pollinate crops - The Indian Express

Researchers are hopeful that their invention could someday help carry the burden that modern agricultural demand has put on colonies and in turn benefit farmers. 6. Shares. Share. By: PTI | Updated: February 11, 2017 7:23 pm. tiny insect sized drones ...and more »

'Drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees - Newsweek

Bees are in decline in many areas. That's a problem for agriculture because bees are vital to the environment and are primarily responsible for pollinating many plants—$15 billion worth of crops in the United States alone, including berries, apples ...and more »