Honeybee Colony Vibrational Measurements to Highlight the Brood Cycle

Bencsik, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-6278-0378, Le Conte, Y., Reyes, M., Pioz, M., Whittaker, D., Crauser, D., Simon Delso, N. and Newton, M.I. ORCID: 0000-0003-4231-1002, 2015. Honeybee Colony Vibrational Measurements to Highlight the Brood Cycle. PLoS ONE, 10 (11), e0141926. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Insect pollination is of great importance to crop production worldwide and honey bees are amongst its chief facilitators. Because of the decline of managed colonies, the use of sensor technology is growing in popularity and it is of interest to develop new methods which can more accurately and less invasively assess honey bee colony status. Our approach is to use accelerometers to measure vibrations in order to provide information on colony activity and development. The accelerometers provide amplitude and frequency information which is recorded every three minutes and analysed for night time only. Vibrational data were validated by comparison to visual inspection data, particularly the brood development. We show a strong correlation between vibrational amplitude data and the brood cycle in the vicinity of the sensor. We have further explored the minimum data that is required, when frequency information is also included, to accurately predict the current point in the brood cycle. Such a technique should enable beekeepers to reduce the frequency with which visual inspections are required, reducing the stress this places on the colony and saving the beekeeper time.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Creators: Bencsik, M., Le Conte, Y., Reyes, M., Pioz, M., Whittaker, D., Crauser, D., Simon Delso, N. and Newton, M.I.
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Date: 2015
Volume: 10
Number: 11
ISSN: 1932-6203
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10.1371/journal.pone.0141926DOI
Rights: Copyright: © 2015 Bencsik et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 26 Nov 2015 11:19
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26509

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