The next time Mr.HoneyBee does not reach back home after a long hard days work collecting nectar, be ready to get yourself stinged and blamed, because you are the one who made Mr.HoneyBee lose his way.
Wondering whats going on??
Bees which pollinate almost 80 per cent of all fruits and vegetables, have started to disappear. The US, Europe and the UK have been reporting large bee disappearances, posing a direct threat to the survival of thousands of plants used for food, fibers and medicines – a “potential health crisis for the planet” and an already fragile ecosystem.
And the crisis has just hit home. Whats causing this phenomenon is the probably the way we talk (read MOBLIEPHONES.)
Electro Magnetic Radiations/ Radio Frequency Radiations being emitted from mobile phone towers and mobile phones hamper the navigational skills of bees who step out to collect nectar.
Dr Sainuddin Pakattazhy, a zoology expert from S N College and president of KERA, Punalur,Kerala, said electromagnetic waves emitted by such towers hamper the navigational skills of worker bees that set out to collect nectar.
During an experiment, when a cell phone was kept near a bee hive, Pakattazhy noticed that worker bees lost their way, leaving the hives with only the queens and eggs.
The result: the colony collapsed within 10 days – a phenomenon many call the ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (CCD). German researchers, too, have recorded behavioural changes in bees near mobile towers.
Researchers say the state has seen about 60 per cent plunge in commercial bee population.
The same phenomenon was seen in sparrows too.
A study by Kerala Environment Research Association (KERA), said the eggs of sparrows nesting on mobile phone towers failed to hatch even after a month, though their normal incubation period ranged from 10 days to a fortnight.
“The mobile communication towers emit electromagnetic waves of a very low frequency of 900 or 1,800 MHz. But this is enough to harm the thin skull of the chicks and their egg shells,” said Dr Sainudeen Pattazhy.
Flower nectar is one of two food sources used by honeybees. The other is pollen, which worker bees gather daily on foraging flights. As bees hunt for nectar, pollen sticks to the tiny hairs covering their bodies. Some of that pollen rubs off on the next flower the bee visits and this fertilizes it, resulting in better fruit production. The bees unload the remaining pollen when they return to the hive, which is stored in the honeycomb , providing protein and other nutrients for future use.
n 1960, beekeepers were charging $3 per hive. By 2004, the figure stood at $60. But due to CCD, it is $180 per hive in the US currently In 2006, US beekeepers had to import bees for the first time in 80 years.