October 30, 2018 ApisProtect have begun the USA technology validation phase of its previous work in the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology and machine learning for the improvement of honey bee health.
ApisProtect is partnering with the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) to analyze hive health. This monitoring will involve the ApisMonitor in-hive devices installed by ApisProtect with bee health assessments and data provided by the NAGC headquartered in Creve Coeur. Validation is expected to run through June, 2019.
The following pathogens will be tested for; Acute Bee Paralysis Virus, Black Queen Cell Virus, Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus, Deformed Wing Virus, Israeli Acute Bee Paralysis Virus, Kashmir Bee Virus, Lake Sinai Virus 1, Lake Sinai Virus 2, Slow Bee Paralysis Virus, American Foulbrood Bacteria and European Foulbrood Bacteria.
The mission of the NAGC is to translate scientific discoveries into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods and bioenergy. Pete Snyder, CEO and President of NAGC explains “Our laboratory in Fargo, ND works at the genetic and molecular levels to develop, execute and analyze tests across a range of agriculturally-oriented topics. We are delighted to be working with ApisProtect on this global project and exploring how technology can help improve colony health here in America.”
ApisProtect has committed to installing their device in 200 hives across the world for testing and development of this new monitoring technology, utilizing IoT enabled sensors and machine learning.
According to ApisProtect’s Chairperson Andrew Wood, “The goal is to provide beekeepers with important information when it’s difficult to inspect, say at night, during poor weather or when hives are a distance away. The information they receive will allow them to respond quicker to possible health concerns and be positioned to make more effective decisions. The economic impact we are looking for will provide cost savings for pollination services, improve honey production, and better prevent colony loss for beekeepers worldwide.”
ApisProtect is an Irish company, located in Cork, Ireland and headed up by Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, Dr Pádraig Whelan and Andrew Wood, a team with complimentary backgrounds including engineering, scientific, beekeeping and commercial experience.
Dr Edwards Murphy has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a BE from University College Cork in 2013. Her work has received international recognition, including at least eight academic publications, awards from the
Irish Research Council, IBM, The Irish Laboratory Awards, and Google. ApisProtect was partially funded by St. Louis-based Agtech accelerator The Yield Lab in 2016.
The National Agricultural Genotyping Center, headquartered in Creve Coeur and headed by Pete Snyder, President and CEO has laboratories in Fargo, ND. It is a 501(c)5 not-for-profit corporation serving private and public scientists, from breeders to quality control and food safety researchers. NAGC was established in 2016 by The National Corn Growers Association in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The United States commercial apiculture industry currently manages 2.6 million hives to pollinate over 90 different crops, creating a multi-billion dollar honey bee industry, the world’s largest. ApisProtect is now monitoring the health of over six million honey bees across Europe and North America.
Watch this video (https://bit.ly/2I7AIxV) to learn more about ApisProtect and Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy’s vision for a future full of healthy honey bees.