Mobile phones are decreasing honey-bee population: research

Indian scientists have claimed that mobile phones are responsible for the death of millions of bees and the collapse of their colonies.

Scientists at Punjab University, Chandigarh, performed an experiment on three bee-hives. They placed a couple of mobile phones around a bee-hive and a couple of fake mobile phones around another. The third hive had no mobile phone. Calls were made to the mobile phones two times a day for 15 minutes.

After three months they found that the hive with real mobile phones had suffered drastic reduction in bee population. The queen bee laid fewer than half the number of eggs when compared with the eggs laid by the queen bee in the hive with fake mobile phones. In addition, there was no honey.

Mobile phone radiations interfered with the day-to-day work of bees. Scientists did not find any abnormality in the behavior of the bees in the other hives.

According to the report, published in the journal Current Science, increased used of electronic gadgets resulted into electropollution of the environment.

The report stated, “Honeybee behaviour and biology has been affected by electrosmog, since these insects have magnetite in their bodies which helps them in navigation.”

The disappearance of bees could wreck havoc on supply of honey, which has great medicinal value.