Research on Clover Fields and Bees- leads to presentation and published article
Clover growers are increasingly aware of the measures that can promote conditions for bees, but there is no exact information on how best to approach the task. New research & development shows that measurement equipment can give us valuable information about the bees’ movements in crops. For these campaigns FaunaPhotonics worked for Århus University in 2016 and 2017 studying spatio-temporal distribution of pollinators in white clover in Denmark.
Research was conducted in the field and in the lab. In the lab different bumblebee species were flown in front of the insect LIDAR sensor. The different species had distinctly different wing beat frequencies which could be used to differentiate the different bumblebee species. After training the system on the different bees the system was used in the field. Our sensor was used to monitor pollinator activity in 2 white clover fields in Denmark. The study was conducted over 8 days in 2016 and 2017 with collaboration of Aarhus university. The study set out to understand how the distance to trees and infield flower strips influence bee activity.
The research was presented at the Danish conference Plantekongres which is run by SEGES. The congress is a two day event that happens every year. Klas Rydhmer presented results from both pollinator monitoring campaigns.
An article was also written on the research and in DLF Seeds and Science magazine. To read the article click here (in Danish)