Scientists map bee behavior, chart decline with tiny trackers

March 26, 2015 1:52 PM

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The backpacks are not backpacks at all, but tiny microchips -- each designed to emit a unique signal to be picked up by local detector units. Data fielded by the detector units will be collected and organized by the scientists, enabling them to plot the behavior of the bees -- where they congregate, what flowers they prefer, how far they travel for food.

The project is being organized by ecologists at Kew Gardens -- the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, a suburb of London.

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