One App to support them all...
In the fight against the bee parasite Varroa Destructor there is a new, easy and effective weapon to support state of the art therapies.
The App "Varroa Counter" helps to early recognize critical mite live stock and to estimate optimal treatment points in time.
An Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Computer Vision (CV) superseed time-consuming manual counting of mites. Indeed.
Fighting the Varroa Destructor mite
Without periodical counting of dead mites, which fall down into trays on bottom of bee hives, it is difficult to determine optimal points in time for counter measures. This is true for chemical and thermal therapies.
The mite population grows exponential. If bee masters treat too late bee colonies are irreversible damaged. This means less honey and less pollination in agriculture! In worst cases whole bee colonies are lost!
The damages - direct and indirect - are considerable. The overall economic performance of bees for pollination to produce food for mankind was estimated to about € 153 billion per year. *)
Damages due to bee extinction have been estimated up to about € 300 billion worldwide. **)
*) United Nations Environmental Programme, Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Treats to insect Pollinators (2011) link
**) National Center for Scientific Research CNRS (2013) link
Time is money. Who has time to waste?
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The global occurence of infestation.
Critical progressions were observed in US (30%), Europe (up to 53%), near East (up to 85%) and Japan (20% sudden losses)[Neumann and Carreck, 2010]. Due to the trend to milder winters breeding stops cease and the mites spawn all-season. However, some bee species seem to be more resistant than others.
The world map below gives a simplified impression of infestation based on latest research at University of Florida (UFL).
Damages vary locally and from year to year and reach from low percentages up to total loss. The system behind is complex and there still is no comprehensive theory for explanation.
Varroa Counter is a helping tool for a global problem
Currently nine languages are supported: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish
Our first official version of the Varroa Counter is very promising and we know that there is further work to do. We plan to integrate new features for hive management and know that the data generated is of unique, standardized quality and an added value for research.
Varroa Counter helps to fully understand all aspects of interaction with other bee diseases and environmental impacts on bee colonies around the globe. With your help we will come closer to this goal!
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EcoDesign supported the app development with expert advisory, image aquisition & field tests. They also developed a prototype of the "Varroa Stative", a gadget for more convenient usage of the Varroa Counter App.