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Destroying bee-harming mites with heat

By Eltopia

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Project Twitter: @eltopiamitenot

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Physical Computing

With climate and habitat changes already impacting many wild bee populations, new diseases are now spreading and wiping out hives across the world — threatening food security on many continents, including our own.

MiteNot targets the varroa destructor mites in beehives using a compostable circuit board that senses the stages of the bee broods' reproductive cycle and applies heat at a specific temperature and time to sterilise the mites.

The heat is applied when the honeycomb cells have been capped and the temperature stabilises. This is the approximate time when female mites lay eggs but before the male mites can fertilise, thus interrupting the mites’ lifecycle.

Last updated: 25th of September, 2015

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