Monday, April 16, 2007

Mobile phones could lead to bee decline

Radiation from mobile phones might be contributing to the world-wide loss of bee colonies, a new study has shown.

Scientists at Landau University in Germany have demonstrated that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones and base stations can interfere with the bees' navigation systems, making them unable to find their way back to their hives.

In an experiment conducted by the researchers, bees refused to return to a hive when a mobile phone was placed nearby.

Although the study is not conclusive, it does offer one possible explanation for a worldwide decline in the bee population which no-one has so far been able to explain.

read more (The Ecologist)