Bees are the first pollinators of food crops in the world, and there are more than 20 thousand known species of bees in the world, and it is estimated that they Pollinate about 80% of plants around the world.
Thanks to the bees; We can enjoy a variety of foods from fruits and vegetables as well as coffee, chocolate and nuts, and if you wear cotton clothes, thanks to the pollination of the cotton plant. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that every four bite of the food people eat is pollinated by bees.
Why is it important to save bees?
Although bees are not the only pollinators of agricultural crops in the world – animal pollination depends on butterflies, wasps, flies, and beetles as well as some birds and bats – they are generally the most effective pollinators since they visit many flowers to collect pollen and store them in their nests. , And thus holds more pollen. Other pollinators only visit flowers to feed themselves.
Accordingly, without bees, the world will be completely different and our lives will change tremendously, because it is the most important pollinator in the world, as it pollinates One third of the food What we eat and 80% of our flowering plants. as such Developed Some species of bees also pollinate certain plants, and without them, these plants would become extinct.
There is a growing public concern about the extinction of bees worldwide, according to To report IPBES Pollinators are in Danger. There are many reasons that push pollinators to extinction, such as: the destruction of their natural habitats, the loss of food sources, the use of pesticides, pollution, parasites, and climate change.
How does artificial intelligence help protect bees and increase their productivity?
The Global Bee Project started World Bee Project In 2014, a group of scientists brought together to study the global problem of declining bee populations to provide insights into this issue for farmers and governments, and in 2018 Oracle announced a partnership with the organization to provide cloud storage tools (Oracle Cloud) and artificial intelligence technologies to support the goals of Organization and its innovations.
Oracle has developed technology (World Bee Project Hive Network), Which depends on artificial intelligence techniques to collect data remotely from different environments through interconnected cells equipped with IoT sensors.
Sensors collect a lot of data; Such as: cell temperature, humidity, cell weight, and weather conditions in the apiary. It also monitors the sound inside the beehive to assess the behavior and health of the bees.
After data validation by the World Bee Project database, it can be entered into an Oracle cloud service that uses various artificial intelligence and data analysis tools to provide the organization with new insights into the relationship between bees and their various environments. These new ideas can be shared with scientists, researchers, governments, as well as farmers.
The company also operates (Apic.aiThe emerging – founded in August 2018 – is based on the use of new technologies to develop a measurement system that captures images of bees as they enter and leave the cells, then analyzes the image data collected using artificial intelligence techniques, as the measured values provide real insights about the health of bees and the diversity of plants in their environment, Which helps in finding solutions to increase productivity.
It is worth noting that Apic.ai is among the companies that Google supports in the (Google Accelerator Program for Startups) Google for Startups Accelerator; Which focuses on the sustainable development goals, and is geared towards emerging companies with social impact working to create a healthier and more sustainable future.