Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 31 (PTI) Mobile towers are posing a threat to honey bees in Kerala withe electromagnetic radiation from mobile towers and cell phones having the potential to kill worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers, says a study.

A plunge in beehive population has been reported from different parts of Kerala and if measures are not taken to check mushrooming of mobile powers, bees could be wiped out from Kerala within a decade, environmentalist and Reader in Zoology, Dr Sainudeen Pattazhy says in his study.

In one of his experiments he found that when a mobile phone was kept near a beehive it resulted in collapse of the colony in five to 10 days, with the worker bees failing to return home, leaving the hives with just queens, eggs and hive-bound immature bees.

I know, I know, cellphones are precious. How could we EVER live without them?




  1. Whatever the cause, what will we do without bees?

  2. When the skies are grey and
    the sees are red.
    When the earth is barren and
    the bees are dead.
    Only then you’ll see that you can not eat money.

    And even gold my friend as alluring as it may seem.
    It doesn’t mean a thing when you have no earth to sing too.
    Can’t you see it’s just you and me!

  3. The0ne says:

    Cell phones kills, live with it. It kills people, it kills bees, it kills whatever we haven’t found yet. It’s natural for us to want and need something that isn’t so good. N-A-T-U-R-A-L

    Now go drive and text and be a happy camper.

  4. The0ne says:

    Sarcasm aside, I’ve lived and grew up here in San Diego for over 30+ years now. Back in the late 70’2 and early 80’s prior to the development boom there were plenty of bees around; all sorts actually.

    We use to go scouting for bumblebee hives when we were kids. There were quite many of them around parks and such. Now with buildings everywhere they’re almost completely gone. I’ve yet to see a single bumblebee yet. But then same goes for birds as well, and the river has shrunk so animals there are dying off.

    Oh well, all for the sake of progress I guess. Yay!

  5. Aaron says:

    This is ridiculous. The “study” consisted of a single remote handset phone, NOT a cell phone, parked beside a hive. Since when does a single test confirm anything in science? This is some of the poorest science reporting I have seen. We’ve been through the “cel phones cause bee die-off” thing already, in 2007, and testing confirmed that CCD was not due to electromagnetic interference from EM radiation.
    I’m not “defending” anything here, but the lack of proper scientific procedure behind a so-called “study” that is being reported worldwide is really pushing my buttons.
    If the cell phones are causing the die-off, what about the UHF broadcasters we used to have that pumped out 10,000 watts on the same frequency?

  6. clancys_daddy says:

    Actually I am the one responsible for the bee die off. I sneak up behind them and shoot them with my liddle shot gun. 9 billion 337 million 285 thousand 362 BAM 9 billion 337 million 285 thousand 363.

  7. Hmeyers says:

    Editor comment:

    ” if we lose the bees we are all dead, that should pretty much do it”

    Why?

    70% of oxygen comes from the sea and there are plenty of fish.

    Yes, in a world without bees we would survive. It might be a different kind of world, we would not in fact be “all dead”.

    Anal retentive statement: yes but it still factually true.

  8. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz says:

    Let me twitter that so the world would know.

  9. noname says:

    Who needs bees??

    We can offshore bee’s work to china!!!

    China will save us!

  10. DR. NIKHIL says:

    THE FINDINGS OF DR.SAINUDEEN PATTAZHY, INDIAN ENVIRONMENTALIST IS VERY CORRECT, SINCE MASSIVE CCD AFTER THE INSTALLATION OF TOWERS HAS BEEN NOTICED IN AMERICA. WE SUPPORT PATTAZHY’S RESEARCH WORK


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