Autonomous robot can replace bees as pollinator

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There is a great deal of concern among apiarists about the rate at which honey bees are disappearing due to colony collapse disorder. Bees are the primary pollinators of a huge variety of crops. This means their disappearance poses serious risks for agriculture and food production. Furthermore, it is estimated that thirty-five percent of global crop production, worth approximately 577 billion a year, relies on pollination by bees. A group of engineers at West Virginia University’s Statler College have recently come up with a solution. They have developed an autonomous robot prototype, called BrambleBee, which can pollinate plants.

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