Scientists Claim Cell Phones Killing The Honey Bees
May 30, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Scientists from Punjab University have conducted a study that they say shows a correlation between the increased use of cell phones, and the rapid decline in numbers of honeybees, which has caused alarm in researchers all over Europe and North America.
According to the scientists on the study, the radiation emitted from cell phones is likely interfering with the bee’s navigation abilities.
In the experiment, they took two hives and fitted one with working cell phone, and the other with a set of fake phones. They would power up the real one for fifteen minutes twice a day, and continued to do so for three months.
During this time, they noticed a sharp decline in productivity in the hive with the phones. They also saw a large decrease in the amount of eggs laid by the Queen bee, suggesting the radiation from the phones was causing this.
The other hive was unaffected.
“Increase in the usage of electronic gadgets has led to electropollution of the environment. Honeybee behaviour and biology has been affected by electrosmog since these insects have magnetite in their bodies which helps them in navigation,” the study, written by Ved Prakash Sharma and Neelima Kumar said.
“There are reports of sudden disappearance of bee populations from honeybee colonies. The reason is still not clear. We have compared the performance of honeybees in cellphone radiation exposed and unexposed colonies.
“A significant decline in colony strength and in the egg laying rate of the queen was observed. The behaviour of exposed foragers was negatively influenced by the exposure, there was neither honey nor pollen in the colony at the end of the experiment.”
The study has been published in Current Science.