So, ARE Cell Phones Killing the Bees?

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It sure looks like it.  From:


"In 1974, the Russian researchers Eskov and Sapozhnikov found that bees generate electromagnetic signals with a modulation frequency between 180 and 250 Hz when they do their communications dances. (It is important to note that our GSM mobile system is modulated with 217 Hz). Hungry bees react to those frequencies by erect-ing their antennae [8]. Warnke reported that the communication impulses of the antennae when touched by a fellow bee can be measured with an oscillograph [9]." 

Here's what 217Hz sounds like:

A particular problem is the 217 Hz sending frequency radiated by a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) transmitter of a mobile phone operating in accordance with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standard. This noise interference when heard by human ears resembles the sound of a bumblebee and is thus known as bumblebee noise.

Mobile phone towers a threat to honey bees: study

August 31, 2009Leaving mobile phones near to a bee hive was found to have a catastrophic effect


Honeybees on flowers outside the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cellphones can pose a threat to honey bees, a study published in India has concluded

An experiment conducted in the southern state of Kerala found that a sudden fall in the bee population was caused by towers installed across the state by companies to increase their network.

The  emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies, said Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy, who conducted the study, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

He found that when a cell phone was kept near a , the worker bees were unable to return, leaving the hives with only the queens and eggs and resulting in the collapse of the colony within ten days.

Over 100,000 people in Kerala are engaged in apiculture and the dwindling worker bee population poses a threat to their livelihood. The bees also play a vital role in pollinating flowers to sustain vegetation.

If towers and mobile phones further increase, honey  might be wiped out in 10 years, Pattazhy said.

(c) 2009 AFP

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