24 Nov - 8 Dec 2016

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Substitute Honeycomb

Problem

How can we aid bee populations without introducing more harsh chemicals in pesticides, fungicides and antibiotics?

Bee populations have become of great concern of late, with numbers having plummeted in recent years, in what is known as the colony collapse disorder (CCT). Whilst the cause of CCT remains unknown, suspects include some pesticides and chemicals which have high toxicity in bees. Thus, given the pivotal role bees play in keeping the world fed, can a method be developed to aid bee populations without potentially harming them, which can ensure the stabilty of world food production.

Solution

Making honeycomb for bees so they dont have to expend a significant amout of their energy making it themselves.

A significant amount of energy goes into making honeycomb, energy which comes from honey. This honey could be better used as food for harder times when the seasons change, or in feeding a larger brood of young. Thus, by making comb from beeswax of hives that are over producing and in reusing old beeswax, we can aid fledgling colonies and help the bees maintain a strong population.

Team members

  • Joshua Krechman (DD with Law)
  • Erin Brody (DD with Arts)
  • Bradyn Parker (DD with BioMed Sci)
  • Rafida Deo (DD with Science)
  • Nicole Runchey (DD with Arts)
  • Alex Grayson-Widarsito – CAPTAIN