(Financed by Latvian Council of Science starting 2008)
Swarming of bee colonies is one of the biggest riscs in industrial beekeeping reducing productive power of bee colonies. Early detection of preswarming condition would allow to preent swarms and reach incresed production numbers.
It is planed to use multiparameter measuring system of hive microclimate parameters (temperature, humidity, concentration of carbon dioxide and oxygen) to find out parameters or their combinations that indicate preswarming.
Result of the study should be a prototype of a portable device that measure the essential parameter (or some of them)and is able to start an alarm if preswarming condition is reached.