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Destroying Bee-Harming Mites with Heat

Varroa destructor mites kill honeybee colonies. "MiteNot," a compostable circuit board that senses the stages of the bee broods' reproductive cycle, targets the varroa destructor mites in beehives and applies heat at a specific temperature and time to sterilize the mites.
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Nature and Context

Physical Computing With climate and habitat changes already impacting many wild bee populations, new diseases are now spreading and wiping out hives across the world — threatening food security on many continents, including our own. MiteNot targets the varroa destructor mites in beehives using a compostable circuit board that senses the stages of the bee broods' reproductive cycle and applies heat at a specific temperature and time to sterilize the mites. The heat is applied when the honeycomb cells have been capped and the temperature stabilizes. This is the approximate time when female mites lay eggs but before the male mites can fertilize, thus interrupting the mites’ lifecycle.

Symptoms and Causes

Varroa destructor mites exist in almost all hives in North America. If left untreated, evidence supports mites kill honeybee colonies and may be a factor in colony collapse disorder.

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  1. https://www.socialtech.org.uk/projects/mitenot/

  2. Eltopia 'MiteNot' Project - http://www.eltopia.com/mitenot/

  3. Department of Agriculture - https://govinfo.library.unt.edu/npr/library/reports/ag02.html#:~:text=There%20are%20about%20212%2C000%20beekeepers,%22%20or%20part%2Dtime%20beekeepers.

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Sierra Briscoe - www.linkedin.com/in/sierrabriscoe

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