UMaine Scientists Develop New Way in Counting Bees

Published: Jul. 19, 2017 at 6:32 AM EDT
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Scientists with the University of Maine developed a new tool to allow blueberry growers to get a handle on how many bees they can expect to see around their fields.

The tool is called "Beemapper".

the University plans to unveil it today at Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro as part of the UMaine cooperative extension's annual Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day.

The plan for the Beemapper is to give farmers a better understanding of how many wild bees are in the area around their crop.

According to the University, farmers can better budget for honeybee hives if they know the numbers and types of wild bees in the areas around their fields.