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Tiny Drone Now Plays the Role of a Pollinator to complete the Pollination of Flowers

Mar 24, 2017 04:23 PM EDT


A tiny drone can serve the purpose of a pollinator. Japanese scientists have explored a breakthrough with a little machine to complete the pollination of flowers.

Currently, the human civilization is facing a series of serious problems and one of them is about the pollinators. Several different insects and bees play the key role to spread the pollen properly, but they are not performing well all the time. Science Magazine reported that forty percent of the butterflies and bees are facing the risk of extinction. To avoid this severe problem, scientists take the help of a tiny drone.

A tiny drone can mimic the pollinators and performs the required activity from plant to plant. It is an obvious fact that flowers and plants play the significant role for the survival and development of the human world. Bees and butterflies play a significant role in spreading and developing the flowers and plants.

Engadget reported that researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are trying to explore new probabilities about the pollination. The researchers spent one hundred dollars to buy tiny drones that can play the role of the pollinators. The bottom of the tiny machine was equipped with a strip of fuzz. The fuzz was made of the horsehair.

The researchers then used the liquid ion gels to cover the strip of fuzz. The size of the tiny drone was almost similar to the size of a hummingbird. The device has four spinning blades to fly above.

The researchers used pink and white Japanese lilies to get the test result. Now the tiny machines flew easily with the spinning blades and collected the pollen from one Japanese lily to release them into another Japanese lily. The interesting part is the ionic gel helped the tiny drone to collect pollen from flowers.

Eijiro Miyako, the project leader, reveals that it is the first time when a tiny drone plays a major role to pollinate a flower. To unveil a better solution the tiny machines should be equipped with the GPS system, high-resolution cameras and above all the artificial intelligence technique. No doubt the discovery explores many future opportunities, but more study is necessary to acquire the highest result.


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