Scientists have created an ingenious computer model that mimics a honey bee colony over the course of several years. The BEEHAVE model was created to investigate the losses of honeybee colonies in recent years and to identify the best course of action for improving honeybee health.
A team of scientists, led by Professor Juliet Osborne from the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter (and previously at Rothamsted Research), developed BEEHAVE, which simulates the life of a colony including the queen’s egg laying, brood care by nurse bees and foragers collecting nectar and pollen in a realistic landscape.
To build the simulation, the scientists brought together existing honeybee research and data to develop a new model that integrated processes occurring inside and outside the hive. The model allows researchers, beekeepers and anyone interested in bees, to predict colony development and honey production under different environmental conditions and beekeeping practices.
Try it out at: www.beehave-model.net.
BBSRC funds lots of research to help us understand bee health because they are vital for pollinating many food crops.
For more BBSRC bee research visit: http://tmblr.co/ZtJ7bq17_I-_W
Images from Peter Kennedy at the University of Exeter.
THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE. BEES AND MODELING.