CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University recently received a half-million dollar grant, allowing them to develop a sensor to track bumblebees.
Entomologists say pet-owners put microchips in cats and dogs in case they get lost, and now, a similar idea will help them track bumblebees. The grant project is a partnership between entomologists and engineers at OSU.
"If we could put a little sensor – like a little chip – on the back of a bumblebee, and watch it and sort of track it, then that will give us that information,” said OSU Professor of Entomology Sujaya Rao. “Information such as where bees forage. Do they stick with their colonies? What differences are there among species?”