Current research projects:
In Austria, at present 25,500 beekeepers care for approx. 380,000 bee colonies. The introduction of the varroa mite - a parasite that feeds on the bee's blood and makes it possible for disease-causing viruses to infiltrate the insects - poses an increasing challenge for beekeepers in Europe and North America. Only with regular varroa mite diagnostics and control is it possible to ensure the survival of bee colonies and thus the pollination of crops. Within the context of the two-year research project MIC-Cam (Mite Invasion Control Camera), cogvis is developing a system for the automated detection of mites by means of a camera, in which the bees are monitored during take-off and landing on the flight board, in order to detect attached varroa mites in real time without affecting the bees. Currently available methods are invasive, complex and, above all, unreliable. Therefore, innovative methods of digital image processing and machine learning are implemented for MIC-Cam and used for real-time detection of mites in the image sequences. Thus, a stress profile of the bee colony can be created fully automatically in order to be able to initiate mite-killing treatment in time if necessary.