Drone cross-pollinates Lilium japonicum

Drone cross-pollinating Japanese lily – image: Eijiro Miyako

Drone cross-pollinating Japanese lily – image: Eijiro Miyako

Eijiro Miyako at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and his colleagues have used the principle of cross-pollination in bees to make a drone that transports pollen between flowers. The manually controlled drone is 4 centimetres wide and weighs 15 grams. In experiments, the drone was able to cross-pollinate Lilium japonicum. The team is now working on developing autonomous drones that could help farmers to pollinate their crops [read more].