Bee backpacks help scientists track and research movements

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Researchers from Bangor University in Wales are nearing completion on their ‘backpacks’ made for bees, which act as a tracking device. This will enable scientists to learn more about where the bees collect nectar and what might be affecting their numbers. The lightweight, long-range device will be powered through the bee’s own electrical energy, with a small drone following its whereabouts and movements. The next stage of the tracking device development will be to test the devices on bees in a poly tunnel, and the ecologist and microsystems engineer behind the innovation hope to carry this out in coming months. Existing bee monitoring devices…

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