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A bee, pollinating.

Researchers at Appalachian State University's Center for Analytics Research and Education developed a smartphone application to track bees and other pollinators.

Credit: Marie Freeman

Researchers at Appalachian State University's Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) developed a smartphone application for tracking bees and other pollinators, as part of a project to monitor the world's pollinator population.

Users of the World Bee Count app can capture and upload photos of pollinators in their natural habitats, with location coordinates and other data automatically recorded.

CARE partnered with SAS to analyze data captured and learn more about different pollinator types, based on species-identifying machine learning algorithms; the pollinators' habitat and dates of activity, based on location and time stamps; and the types of flowers or plants that draw pollinators, based on what is visible in each image’s background.

Said Appalachian’s James Wilkes, “The project is designed to be as simple as possible. We want to build awareness of the critical role various insects and other pollinators play in our food systems.”

From Appalachian State University News
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