New automatic pollinating robot created in Poland
WARSAW, June 29 (Xinhua) -- An automatic robot which is able to move independently between rows of plants, find flowers and bring pollen between them has been built recently at Warsaw University of Technology, the Polish Press Agency reported.
The newly constructed device, B-Droid, is not remotely controlled by any man, but wholly autonomous.
The robot is a moving device, going along the cultivated plants row and through delicate movements of small broom collecting pollen and placing it on another flower of the same species.
Due to its advanced software, the device can localize flower and complete pollinating without any harm to it.
"So far, test on strawberries and garlic have been conducted," Rafal Dalewski, the project manager, was quoted as saying in the report.
Bees from all over the world have been vanishing for many years, mostly due to pollution, fungus, viruses and parasites.
According to researchers, one-third of arable crops and about 90 percent of wildly growing plants need to be pollinated -- mostly by bees.