Saving the bees is a key concern for many humans worldwide. New technology is one of the resources available to address this ecological issue. Beekeeper Alain Bugnon has partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne — more specifically the institution's Signal Processing Laboratory 5, to develop a digital algorithm that will help detect the Varroa mite. This insect is a bee pest that weakens the pollinators and infects the brood with viruses.
The Varroa mite poses danger for the entire colony and it can be found on every continent except Australia. Alain Bugnon and the Signal Processing Laboratory 5 have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm for saving the bees that can detect the mite with 90% accuracy. This will allow beekeepers to be aware of the mite sooner and the collected data will be used to search for colonies that are resistant.