By Gloria Re Calegari – Cefriel

Honeybees are essential for the pollination of about one third of the food we eat, including fruit, vegetables, oils, seeds and nuts but, sadly, global bee populations have been decreasing rapidly in the past decade for unknown reasons. CSIRO and its partners have turned to the idea of wearable technology to track the bees’ movements and analyse various environmental stress factors including disease, pesticides, air pollution, and water contamination in order to pinpoint which ones affect the bees’ ability to pollinate and lead to bee deaths en masse.

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