Monday, July 23, 2007
In April, a team of scientists at Landau University in Germany suggested tentatively that radiation from cell phones might be to blame for the collapse of colonies by interferring with the bees' navigation systems. They put phone base units into two honeybee hives and timed how long it took the animals to return after being released 800 metres away. After 45 minutes one of the colonies had still not returned. The lead researcher, Jochen Kuhn, said the study provided only a "hint" at a cause, and did not prove that radiation from the phone units was to blame.