Projects of interest
The honeybee (Apis mellifera) is generally perceived as a breeding object that produces products for human use and has a significant pollination benefit. The bee is the subject of intense scientific study with the main aim of understanding the processes involved in bee health. However, the bee also serves as a model organism for addressing general biological issues such as environmental change.
We decided to support the study of bees and therefore in 2017 we donated the “bee meter” to the Biological Centre of the CAS (Czech Academy of Science) in Č. Budejovice. The "bee meter" is a technical and software equipment, a part of an intelligent beehive designed for the purpose of data collection and analysis. We focused on the measurement of humidity and temperature inside and outside the hive and especially spectral analysis of the sounds produced by the bees.
Our activity has been fundamentally motivating research on digital monitoring of honeybee colonies both at the academic department and at the Department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in Č. Budejovice. Teams from both departments are now jointly looking for ways to improve the health of bees by early signalling the course of life parameters in the colony using knowledge from artificial intelligence, neural networks, deep learning and IOT technologies. It is expected that the knowledge gained will become a common part of modern beekeeping practice in the future.
The results of the studies have been presented to the beekeeping community. The project involves students of bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia, e.g.:
Humpál J. (2018). Analysis of bee movement on the honeycomb.
Bachelor's thesis at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of South Bohemia in Č. Budějovice, 35 pages.
Chlubna M. (2019). Analysis of the Varroa destructor mite fallout on the beehive bottom mat.
Bachelor thesis at the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in Č. Budějovice, 38 pages.
Kodrík D., Weyda F. (2022). Apidological studies in the metropolis of Southern Bohemia.
Moderní včelař 1, str. 26 – 29.
Širhal L. (2018). Data collection and data analysis from a smart beehive.
Master thesis at the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in Č. Budějovice, 59 pages.