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AUTOMOMOUS REPORTING AND TRACKING OF PESTICIDE INCIDENTS IN HONEY BEE COLONIES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2014-00289
Agency Tracking Number: 2014-00289
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.13
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1620 RODGERS ST STE 1
Missoula, MT 59802-1714
United States
DUNS: 140067534
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Seccomb
 (406) 541-3160
 seccomb@beealert.blackfoot.net
Business Contact
 Robert Seccomb
Title: CFO - Bee Alert Technology
Phone: (406) 541-3160
Email: seccomb@beealert.blackfoot.net
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract

This project is aimed at helping plant production and protection by providing a means of rapid, autonomous reporting of pesticide incidents impacting honey bee colonies. We propose research leading to the design of an electronic device to monitor bee colonies for exposure to pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids in Phase I, and to remotely notify appropriate parties (e.g., beekeeper, grower, researcher) of the event. Project objectives include research to: 1) subject honey bees to controlled pesticide exposures and record the acoustic responses, 2) construct an Artificial Neural Network to discriminate changes in bee sounds for different chemical categories of pesticides, and 3) design an autonomous system to remotely alert the beekeeper or relevant agency.

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