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Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'.

Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'. The research is being led by CSIRO and aims to improve honey bee pollination and productivity on farms as well as help understand the drivers of bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition decimating honey bee populations worldwide. (CSIRO)

Bees get tiny tracker backpacks

January 17, 2014

A team of Australian researchers has come up with a new way to track

bees, in order to study how they're affected by Colony Collapse

Disorder. They want to put tiny sensors on their backs — a bee backpack,

if you will — that will allow them to follow the bees' movements in

real time. Find out more here.