Honeybees look to healthy future with hi-tech helping hand from space

02/04/2020 Off By Andre`

Up to 50 per cent of honeybee hives fail, so a tech start-up backed by the European Space Agency is trying to help themByHelena Horton1 February 2020 • 8:00pmPremium

UK beekeepers are being offered satellite monitoring for their hives
UK beekeepers are being offered satellite monitoring for their hives CREDIT: Hostabee

Beehives are being monitored by mini-satellites which check the wellbeing of their inhabitants in a new project backed by space scientists.

Up to 50 per cent of honeybee hives fail, which is bad news both for those who farm honey and for agriculture, as they are important pollinators.

Bees are very sensitive to climate and temperature, and need to have optimum humidity and heat in their hives. Too much humidity can cause dangerous fungus to grow, and temperature fluctuations can cause the entire hive to fail. Click here to find out why the BeePak beehive was designed

Now, a project backed by the European Space Agency is offering British beekeepers the chance to put ultra-sensitive monitors in their hives in order to keep the bees healthy.