Artificial Intelligence is trying to address every single problem under the sun. And the increasing decline in bees’ population is a serious issue that needs the attention of the technology. Machine Learning, an application of Artificial Intelligencehas the potential to help both bees and beekeepers keep hives healthy.
There are many factors that lead to the destruction of bees’ habitatincluding environmental degradation, industrial agriculture, climate change etc. Also, certain parasites are a seriousthreat to honeybees and other pollinators. The latest threat that has left bees endangered is Varroa mite, a parasite that is causing a menace to bees and their young. These parasites infest hives and suck blood from the bees. It may not kill the bees immediately, but it can make themweak and also, cause young to be born deformed or weak. It can gradually lead to the collapse of their colonies.
Beekeepers are extremely worried about it and whatever solution they think of, it is time consuming, painstaking, and not even that effective. Realizing the alarming situation,students at the ÉcolePolytechniqueFédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have utilized Machine Learning concepts to create an image recognition agent called ApiZoom. It can sort through the highly magnified images and identify any visible mite bodies in seconds. The beekeepers just need to click and upload the pictures of beehives regularly to the EPFL system. Then, the researchers would analyze the collected data which would help coordinate infestation response at a national level.