The loss of insects due to pesticides
For decades, mankind used chemicals to control pests. Due to long-term use of herbicides and pesticides, 55% of the insect varieties got extinct.
The micro-environment of the geodesic domes is used to help restore insect populations and to reintroduce lost species. Insects, spiders and bugs, studied here play a crucial role in controlling pest populations. The goal is to learn the role of each insect within an ecosystem. The knowledge is also used to design artificial robots with insect DNA.