Connected bee hives for Vignerons Ardéchois

Thursday April 26 2018 by Vitisphere

The connected hives will allow the progress of the bee colonies to be followed.The connected hives will allow the progress of the bee colonies to be followed. - Photo credit : Pixabay

In partnership with a beekeeper, Vignerons Ardéchois, the Coteaux de l’Ardèche wine growers’ group, will install two connected hives on 27 April. The hives will be placed on the edge of vineyards belonging to Maxime Crozier, a winegrower from Valvignères committed to the “Ardèche Par Nature” scheme. A connected electronic scale installed under each hive will allow the beekeeper to remotely monitor the colony's health and honey production. It will also make it possible to follow the exit and re-entry times of the bees, enabling the winegrower to adapt vineyard management (treatments...) and work outside foraging hours.

Through the scheme, Vignerons Ardéchois aims to help preserve biodiversity and publicise its environmental protection practices.

After the hives, the co-operative group subsequently plans to install pollen traps. The objective of the sensors is to identify the number of plants foraged by bees and determine which species they prefer.

 

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