Short term vision
Putting an end to the global devastating effects of the Varroa mite bee parasite.
We believe that significant challenges can be successfully overcome only by combining differing people and disciplines. Accordingly we aim to tackle and solve major agricultural challenges with the aid of technology and by the appropriate assembly of multidisciplinary synergistic team.
Short term goal
In less than two years to bring into market our breaking through technology (BeeProTech) for controlling the Varroa mite bee parasite.
Is a device designed to overcome all the challenges currently unsatisfied by existing anti-varroa products available in the market. Accordingly, the device provides fully automated, precise and controlled fumigation delivery of volatile as well as non-volatile compounds within beehives. This unique and highly important generality is achieved by a special machinery.
Our technological based solution is completely different from what is currently accepted in the anti-varroa filed and it provides revolutionary way for efficient, precise and controlled delivery of any miticides within beehives.
> 97% Varroa reduction in 14 days!
~95% reduction in phoretic mites from day 1!
10 fold fewer miticides!
3-4 fold shorter treatment!
Reduced chance for mite resistant
Rotation of miticides
The importance of honey bees to mankind
Around third of our food supply is mediated by insect pollination of agricultural crops, mostly dominated by honey bees. The annual economic contribution from crop pollination is estimated at 200 billion dollars globally. For example In California, the almond industry alone requires the pollination services of 1.4 million beehives annually yielding 80% of the worldwide almond production with a value of ~5 billion dollars a year.
CCD and the Varroa mite problem
It is more than a decade that beekeepers around the globe experience a significant and abnormal annual beehive colony decline rates of about 30% and more. This abnormal phenomenon, known as the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), is characterized by rapid decline of adult bee population until the entire colony completely disappears. During the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, beekeepers across the United States lost 44% of their honey bee colonies. Different causes such as pathogens, pesticides, loss of habitats, malnutrition and more have been suggested as possible sources for CCD. However an increasing amount of evidence suggests that the global spread of the Varroa mite, a multi virus transmitter bee parasite, has a significant impact on the survival rates of honey bees.
Despite the availability of many anti-Varroa products in the market, the Varroa still considered as the number one threat on the global beekeeping industry and as the main cause for colony weakening and collapse. The global failing in controlling the Varroa disease and the big challenge in coping with it, lies in the tight relation that exist between the reproductive cycle of the Varroa and of the bees.
The Varroa mite life cycle
The Varroa mite can live 1-2 and 6-8 months at summer and winter times respectively and involve a life cycle of two stages. A phoretic stage in which the mites ride on adult bees and feeds from the bee’s blood (hemolymph) and a reproductive stage which occurs only inside the capped brood cells. The reproductive stage start by the invasion of an already mated Varroa female into an open brood cell, 0-15 hours before the cell is capped by the bees. Few days after cell capping, the Varroa lays the first egg (male) followed by several daughter female eggs every 30 hours. The Varroa daughters mates with the male within the capped cell and maturely emerge into the hive space together with the emerging of the new born bee. On average a female mite will successfully manage to go through 3-4 reproduction cycles and for the new emerging daughter mites, the duration in the phoretic stage in between two reproductive cycles ranges between 4.5 to 11 days. The Varroa mites multiply very rapidly. In one reproductive cycle which last for 12-14 days within worker and drone bee caped cells respectively at least 1.45 and 2.2 new female mites emerges in addition to the mother female mite.
The Varroa mite problem
Despite of many different anti-Varroa products available in the market, the Varroa mite bee parasite, still remains the number one threat on the global beekeeping industry.
We seek for synergistic collaborations and seed capital investment in order to bring BeeProTech into market in 18-24 months.
Pre-seed investment: founders and grant from the Israeli officer of the chief scientist
Prototype design and assembly
Preliminary filed tests: Highly successful and promising results.
Controlled filed test (Jan18): Nearly 100% Varroa reduction in two weeks!
The BeeProTech technology
Our unique technology is completely different from what is currently accepted in the filed. BeeProTech allows fully automated and highly precised controlled fumigation of miticides within bee hives.
> 97% Varroa reduction in 14 days!
10 fold fewer miticides!
3 - 4 fold shorter treatment!
Dr. Avi Ben Shimon is a scientist and a second generation beekeeper with a special interest in education. Avi holds a B.Sc. in agronomy and M.Sc./Ph.D. degrees in computational biology from the Hebrew university and the Weizmann institute of science in Israel respectively. Avi also experienced in prototyping products and in intellectual property issues. In recent years Avi divides most of his time between cancer drug development project and the establishment of an agro technology entrepreneurship program for youth villages in Israel.
Mr. Ofer Yogev is an electronics engineer with an extensive experience in electronic product design and development gained in a number of large technology companies such as Elbit Systems and the Israel Aerospace Industries.
Mr. Ron Korkidi is an expert in the establishment of organic farms and has recently accomplished an MSc degree from the Tel Aviv University & the Volcani center in Israel. During his Msc Ron developed, applied and tested organic acids, Antomopathogenic fungi and agro technical mechanism for controlling Varroa mites as part of an integrated pest management approach. Ron has extensive experience in conducting controlled field trials for the quality assessment of anti-varroa treatments.