What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the variety of life found in a given area. High biodiversity (high amount of diverse species) is needed to keep an ecosystem healthy, this includes and is not limited to the forest, ocean and even agricultural fields.

Why is biodiversity important?

Many insects have a crucial role in the ecosystems by pollinating, providing pest control by eating weeds or pest insects, decomposing waste, or producing goods like honey or silk. Many animals survive by eating insects like birds, bats and fish. Without insects the ecosystem would be different and the natural areas we know would not be the same.

The loss of insect diversity can also be costly to humans in many ways.  In areas with a lot of pollinator biodiversity pollination is naturally high and diverse. In areas with low biodiversity there are usually not enough pollinators, so growers bring in honeybees or bumblebees to pollinate high value crops. 

A global index has shown a 45% decline in the invertebrate populations in the last 40 years. Scientists, governments and industry are urging an increase in monitoring of insects to get a better understanding of the problem.

What can our sensor technology do?

Protecting biodiversity is important and our technology can help. Understanding the behavior of beneficial insect populations could help us better protect them. Current methods of acquiring data of insect behavior is time consuming and labor intensive, which limits the scale and number of assessments that can be performed. With our technology we can monitor insect activity in almost all terrains from fields to lakes. We can then abundance information of the different populations. We can assist with field research and collecting data.

Our technology offers the ability to do continuous monitoring of insect populations on far larger scales than what has been possible before.

Relevant articles:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature