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Company claiming to have earth's first electronic beehive hopes to save the bees

The honeybee population is on the decline but one company is hoping to change that with a special device, so Action News Now went to check one out in the Orland area.

Posted: Aug 6, 2021 11:12 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2021 3:51 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - The honeybee population is on the decline but one company is hoping to change that with a special device, so Action News Now went to check one out in the Orland area.

A stinging report by the USDA, the honeybee population is dwindling by the millions.

"They pollinate something like one-third of our crops," said Don Miller, a biology professor at Chico State.

He says there are many factors contributing to the honeybee decline.

"Loss of natural habitats," Miller explained. "I would very strictly avoid using pesticides. sure they might kill cockroaches but they're also likely to kill bees."

In comes this machine called "bee-home" created by tech company "Bee-Wise." Each colored rectangle holding a hive.

The device can hold up to 2 million bees at any given time. Not only that but it can also harvest honey.

"All the beekeeper needs do is come and pick up the honey," said Eliyah Radzyner from "Bee-Wise."

It uses artificial intelligence and cameras even when bees are threatened by things like pesticides or poor nutrition.

"If for example the hive is being exposed to pesticides. We can close off the entrances," Radzyner said. "There's a feeding supply inside and it can actually feed each hive according to what it needs."

And it can all be done right off the beekeeper's phone.

Making it easier for beekeepers who sometimes have to travel hundreds of miles to reach their beehives.

"Beekeepers today know how to deal with these individuals, the problem is doing at scale," Radzyner said.

Now a potential solution it's music to the ears for Professor Miller.

"I think that's quite exciting. We really have no time to waste. Just talking about it raising awareness is really important," Radzyner said.

Beehive thefts are a common occurrence in Northern California but Radzyner says the machine is pretty hard to steal because it weighs hundreds of pounds and an alarm will go off to the owner's cellphone.

Miller says some of the ways we can help save the bees is by planting more drought-tolerant flowers so they can collect more pollen and not disturb any hives.

To learn more about "Bee-Wise," click here.

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