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Project TitleMethod of Estimating Honey Bee Population from Thermal Infrared Radiometric Images
Track Code2011-015
Short DescriptionNone
Abstract

Long-wave infrared imaging is used for non-invasive assessment of the internal population of honey bee hives. The radiometrically calibrated camera signal is related to the number of frames that are populated by bees inside the hive. This enables rapid measurement of population without opening the hive, which disturbs the bees and can endanger the queen. 

 
Tagsbees, hives, detecting chemicals, detecting explosives
 
Posted DateFeb 28, 2011 2:37 PM

Technology Overview

Long-wave infrared imaging is used for non-invasive assessment of the internal population of honey bee hives. The radiometrically calibrated camera signal is related to the number of frames that are populated by bees inside the hive. This enables rapid measurement of population without opening the hive, which disturbs the bees and can endanger the queen. The best results are obtained just before sunrise when there is a maximum thermal contrast between the hive and the background. This technique can be important for bee hive monitoring or for applications requiring frequent hive assessment, such as the use of bees for detecting chemicals or explosives.

  • Inventors: Bromenshenk, Henderson, Debnam, Shaw, Nugent, Johnson (in collaboration with inventors from Montana State University)
  • Intellectual Property Status: Provisional Patent Filed
  • Licensing Status: Licensing Available

Licensing Contact

Interested in this technology? Contact The University of Montana, Office of Technology Transfer: BusinessDevelopment.OTT@mso.umt.edu, 406.243.6670

Office of Technology Transfer

Director - Joe Fanguy

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joe.fanguy@umontana.edu