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Fiona Edwards Murphy had never been stung by a bee when she started her research in UCC. Since then, she's been stung many a-time and has co-founded ApisProtect, which now monitors the health of over 10 million honey bees in hives across Europe and North America.

Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, co-founder and CEO of ApisProtect, is among the most widely published authors on honey bees Internet of Things. From Kanturk, north Cork, she didn’t start off with an interest in beekeeping, but she has used her PhD from UCC to build a business that helps commercial beekeepers “understand their hives on a deeper level” so they can more effectively manage colonies and help growers optimise pollination. Now monitoring the health of...

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