Bees As Biosensors

Western Apicultural Society     November 11, 2015

At the 2014 WAS Conference in Missoula, MT Jerry Bromenshenk and Frank Linton hosted the 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring. Two years earlier in Vermont at EAS, Frank Linton hosted the first Hive Monitoring Workshop. The first workshop had a small number of presenters, the second had many more, and the principals located at least 30 companies entering the field.

After the conference, Bromenshenk and his team members sat down to get a better fix on this emerging area of technology that is posed to change bee research and management. That resulted in nearly a year-long effort, a historical review, and 116 references. Is it complete - no! The topic is an escalating and moving target. New things keep showing up all the time, two in last month. But it's a reasonable start, and importantly, credit goes to the original innovators before they are forgotten.

The Review was published at the end of October as an Invited Paper to BIOSENSORS, an ONLINE Journal, so that everyone can access it.

Bees as Biosensors: Chemosensory Ability, Honey Bee Monitoring Systems, and Emergent Sensor Technologies Derived from the Pollinator Syndrome
Jerry J. Bromenshenk 1,2,* , Colin B. Henderson 1,3, Robert A. Seccomb 1, Phillip M. Welch 1, Scott E. Debnam 1,2 and David R. Firth 1,4

Dr. Bromenshenk will be at the California Beekeeping Conference (November 17-19), talking about the current status of their long-term work on exploring uses of Infra Red cameras for bee management. He'll be there with cameras, so beekeepers can try them out.