Ved Prakash Sharma and Neelima Kumar of Punjab University
compared the behavior and biology of honeybees in colonies
exposed to cellphone radiation and those unexposed to it.
Two GSM cellphones of 900 Megahertz frequency were placed in
call mode on two sidewalls of the bee hive, while two
control colonies were left unexposed to cellphone radiation.
The test colonies had an exposure for 15 minutes, twice a
day, during the period of peak bee activity for three
months. "A significant decline in colony strength and in the
queen's egg-laying rate was observed. The behavior of
exposed foragers was negatively influenced by the radiation
exposure," the study states.
The duo analyzed the phenomenon of what is known as Colony
Collapse Disorder (CCD). While several factors affect the
honeybee, the electromagnetic field induced by cell towers
are unraveling to be a prime concern. "The bees became quiet
and still or confused as if unable to decide what to do.
Such a response has not been reported previously," the study
Bees, which have magnetite in their bodies, utilize the
earth's magnetic field to navigate. Cell tower radiation
interferes with this process.
Such conclusions have been drawn earlier too by Dr Sainudeen
Pattazhy, a professor of Zoology in Kerala's S N College in
his last year's study along the same lines. His
widely-referenced report states, "In one experiment, a
mobile device was placed adjacent to bee hives for ten
minutes for 5 to 10 days. After a few days, the worker bees
never returned home. The massive amount of radiation
produced by towers and mobile phones is actually frying the
navigational skills of the honey bees and preventing them
from returning to their hives."
The diminishing bee population is a grave cause of concern
even in the West. Research shows that USA's rapidly
dwindling bee population is due to the "recent proliferation
of electromagnetic waves for the sudden demise - often
within 72 hours - of entire bee colonies." Constant
electromagnetic background noise is found to disrupt
communication amongst the bees in UK and elsewhere as well.
A 2003 study in Germany points out that "GSM cell phone
radiation in the frequency range of 900 MHz to 1800 MHz
caused the bees to avoid the hive."
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