Artificial intelligence can help save bees in Belgium

By Jurassic JennJun 6, 2024 18:09 PMScience
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Artificial intelligence can help save bees
Artificial intelligence can help save bees. Source: dia.dp.gov.ua

Nijmegen is actually a Dutch city, not Belgian. Here's the corrected text:

Nijmegen is a small Dutch city located east of Antwerp that has ambitions to become a world-renowned beekeeping center.

From installing numerous hives for insects to convincing local farmers to create flower borders between their fields, the city has done everything possible to create an environment that will help honeybees thrive, SSPDaily writes.

Now, the municipality invites citizens to support a pioneering project of the Flemish Bee Institute (VBI) called "Buzzwatch", which will enlist the help of artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce winter bee mortality.

It is noted that high mortality rates of these insects can threaten the well-being of ecosystems and agriculture, as many plants rely on the pollination ability of bees.

The scientists plan to map bee populations and the plants they prefer. By aerial mapping and analyzing photos of flowers sent by volunteers, artificial intelligence will be able to optimize the installation of hives so that they are close to plants.

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