According to a research published in India, the electromagnetic waves mobile phone towers and cell-phones emit can be hazardous to honey bees.
Researchers made an experiment in southern state of Kerala. They observed that a rapid decrease in the bee population was the result of mobile towers which the mobile phone companies had installed throughout the state to broaden their networking.
These towers are emitting the electromagnetic waves all the time which cripple the “navigational skill” of the working class of bees known as worker bees. This is the group which actually collects nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies. Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy – who conducted the research work –tells all that as reported by Press Trust of India news agency.
They placed a mobile phone near a beehive and observed that the worker bees lost their way to back home. There left only the queens and eggs and colony was collapsed within ten days.
More than 100,000 people in Kerala depend on apiculture field. The worker bee population is gradually decreasing in this region which is a threat to their livelihood. The bees are one big factor involved in pollination of flowers which sustain vegetation.
Pattazhy is afraid that increasing number of towers and cell phones will wipe out honey bee in next ten years.