Two researchers in India believe that ubiquitous mobile phones are slowly killing honeybees and their hives.
Authors of the report in the Current Science journal, Ved Prakash Sharma and Neelima Kuma, set up the controlled experiments earlier this year and found a significant reduction in the honeybee population when the hive was fitted with a pair of mobile phones.
These handsets were switched on for two 15-minute sessions daily throughout the three-month study. The researchers noticed at the end of the experiment that the queen bee laid fewer eggs, bees stopped producing honey and there was a dramatic drop in the number of worker bees returning to the hive after collecting pollen. Radiation from the phones was purportedly the primary cause as electromagnetic waves may have interfered with the bees’ navigation senses.
Mobile phone radiation has been speculated to be one of the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. The loss of bees would have a dramatic impact on the planet — apart from providing honey, bees are a major pollinator of food crops.
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