When we started with candeedcue.com we “played“ with the interesting topic “drones“ and developed future scenarios – good and bad usage of drones… Could they replace once our lovely bees? It was unbelievable – Cati and Gorbe visualised this picture. And now it comes true: in february 2017 Eijiro Miyako, chemist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), published a report of development to construct drones beeing artifical pollinators for lilies. Unbelievable – a drone as a remote-controlled flying robot is pollinating our plants, the fiction comes true.

Links:
Articles Cell Press (Elsevier Inc.) http://www.cell.com/chem/fulltext/S2451-9294(17)30032-3 and http://www.cell.com/chem/fulltext/S2451-9294(17)30036-0
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2451929417300323

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Materially_Engineered_Artificial_Pollinators

Media Article (German): http://science.orf.at/stories/2824820/

Youtube Films:
Artificial pollinations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCsQXiutIFg (7sec) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjUl2WuJZPM (23sec)
Further vision robot bees (of greenpeace): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt_a66ZsLpc (2min20sec)