Throughout the past decade bees have died increasingly and if they are gone completely people will suffer tremendously because bees are responsible for pollinated many of the plants we use in our day to day lives. One questions going around is whether we could create artificial pollinators incase bees die off so we won’t be worried about how our plants will grow. Matthew Whiting, a professor at Washington State University for the department of horticulture, “To test his pollen agent by itself in a controlled environment, he covered several tree branches with nets to keep the bees out. In each of those trials, his sprays worked, but fell well short of natural pollination.” The spray would be a combination of water and pollin slurries stirred into a solution that can be sprayed on to plants instead of bees going around and pollinating everything. While there are artificial pollinators being tested, it has not been proven to be effective with the ingredients they’re using right now. In addition, there has actually been talk of a robotic bee that would serve as many benefits to people and food. Both Robert Wood, Radhika Nagpal and Gu-Yeon Wei, created a robotic bee, “Researchers have recently worked out the basics of a robotic bee which they say could be used to pollinate plants, search through disaster zones, or perform any variety of tasks where a small swarm of cooperative robots might come in handy.” These robotics bees would be very beneficial to people so that they don’t have to put real bees lives at risk and it helps pollinate all plants that were affected by bees if they were gone. Although there hasn't been a successful product for robotic bees they’re expecting them to be out in the wild anywhere from five to ten years from now.
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