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MrMilkdud July 28th, 2015 3:33am

Given the declining bee population, do you think tiny, robotic pollinating drones may play a significant role in future plant propagation?

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johnnycub Bronx
07/28/15 3:37 pm

Wouldn't it be cheaper to have bee farms?

Liberty 4,032,064
07/28/15 9:41 am

No, but an actual practical use of them could be to selectively pollinate to both plant production and for honey production.

ShawPPM1214 Washington
07/28/15 9:01 am

Plenty of Bees around my house and in the garden.

sweetnes34 Outta Phucks
07/28/15 8:01 am

I was just reading a report that the hive colonies are improving

07/28/15 10:20 am

I saw a similar report about a big study in England where they found that their bee population is actually much higher than previous estimates.
But farmers around here report fewer and fewer bees every year.

MadCow Kansas Proud
07/28/15 6:44 am

Wouldn't it just be smarter to save the bees?

07/28/15 7:32 am

Sure, but a backup plan is always good.
And farmers may like the idea of having programmable pollinators working in a variety of different patterns.

singkitty In the cloud
07/28/15 3:08 pm

They don't make honey which is a big issue for me. Lol

FarmerManE djent
07/28/15 4:52 am

I think it is a very important project. No pollination = no food

07/28/15 6:15 am

There is no indication of a problem with polination. The commodity futures prices of things that must be pollinated have, except for govt inflated corn prices, not kept up with the rate of inflation. Peaches still have to be thinned because too...

07/28/15 6:18 am

...many blossoms get pollinated. The blueberries hang full. The tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, and peas bear well. Nothing I see isn't getting pollinated.

07/28/15 3:34 am

A program without a purpose. I haven'y seen a honey bee all year, but wild bees of many sorts have kept things pollinated just fine. They've benefitted by the honey bee absence.

07/28/15 6:27 am

I regret seeing the price of honey has doubled in the last 10 years, and that probably is in part due to what's become known as Colony Collapse Disorder. But I've never seen so many wild bees.

RedHale Texas
07/27/15 9:26 pm

No. I'll squish every one of those suckers I see. I believe the future of pollination will be more like honeybee GMOs designed for our modern world.

07/28/15 7:34 am

I think it's very likely that Monsanto has been working on a pesticide resistant bee that can produce 3 times more honey than natural bees.
And as soon as it's legal to patent GMO bees, they'll start selling them to farmers.

RedHale Texas
07/28/15 2:06 pm

It would make a lot of sense, milk. What would their crops be without pollination?

FarmerManE djent
07/28/15 3:15 pm

While your idea makes sense, I doubt it will happen.
And no pollen = no crop

RedHale Texas
07/28/15 3:44 pm

I wouldn't put it out of the picture. If NASA can make a plant suitable to live in mars' atmosphere, they should easily be able to make a bee survive on earth.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/27/15 9:05 pm

Please, don't be stupid. Bees already have drones! And they are still dying.

07/27/15 9:10 pm

These drones are better than bees. They don't sting, they don't cling to an outmoded model of government, and they aren't p*****s about pesticides.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/27/15 9:13 pm

How's the drone honey? Taste like motor oil?

07/27/15 9:15 pm

I'm not going to hold back progress just so fatties can have their sugary insect vomit.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/27/15 9:17 pm

I dunno. If they are going to be used for climate mapping too....that's just some clever inventor trying to milk the system for grant money.

07/27/15 9:19 pm

And government surveillance. Those DARPA grants practically renew themselves.

07/28/15 7:25 am

I was just bantering with RJ

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
07/27/15 8:52 pm

I hope we can bring back the bees, but if not, this is possible.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
07/27/15 8:35 pm

Yes as long as a way can be found for the drones to independently reproduce.

07/27/15 8:40 pm

Why would that be necessary?
We can manufacture them at controllable intervals.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
07/27/15 8:50 pm

Probably not required.
I was just thinking of all of the logistics in obtaining raw materials, the actual manufacturing, and distribution of the finished drones.
It would be preferred if the drones could just reproduce themselves.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
07/27/15 8:51 pm

And think of all the wonderful controversy of robotic reproduction.

Certified Trans Jew Nerd
07/27/15 8:56 pm

I'd take the time to look up "grey goo"