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18 April 2018

Monitoring honeybee colony status with ultra sensitive accelerometers

Presented By Dr Martin Bencsik (Nottingham Trent University)

About this event


Our aim is to non-invasively obtain information about the physiological status of a honeybee colony. The hive’s individuals are known to communicate with pheromones, but also with vibrational cues. By placing accelerometers in the honeycomb, we can collect vibrational signals that are by-products of specific bee activities, but also other pulses that are intentional communication messages.

We will show early and recent evidence that using accelerometer technology is a promising tool to plug in the world of vibrational pulses transmitted and received by honeybees, and that a plethora of relevant colony indicators can be obtained, when combined with automated pulse extraction using simple machine learning algorithms.