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04/26/16
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Audi Environmental Foundation: starting signal for “Smart HOBOS” high-tech beehive

Audi Environmental Foundation: starting signal for “Smart HOBOS” high-tech beehive
The robot arm in the Smart HOBOS high-tech beehive is fitted with state-of-the-art camera systems: 3D sensors as well as infrared and heat-sensitive cameras record the bees and their activities.
  • Joint research station with Würzburg University at Audi’s production site in Münchsmünster
  • Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi Board of Management Member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Audi Environmental Foundation: “Unique cooperation project for scientific and educational purposes”
  • New insights into the honey-bee superorganism 

Bees pollinate about 80 percent of our agricultural plants and wild vegetation, so life without bees is almost impossible. Too little pollination would have severe consequences – both environmental and economic. With the worldwide unique “Smart HOBOS” (HOneyBee Online Studies) project, the Audi Stiftung für Umwelt GmbH (Audi Environmental Foundation) and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg are working to protect these vital and fascinating insects. On Tuesday, Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board of Management Member for Production at AUDI AG and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Audi Environmental Foundation; Christoph Hillenbrand, District President of Upper Bavaria; Prof. Dr. Barbara Sponholz, Vice President of Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg; and bee expert Prof. Dr. Jürgen Tautz opened the research station at Audi’s production site in Münchsmünster. The first bees will soon move into their new home.

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