Bijen: Mobile phone-induced honeybee worker piping

dinsdag, 24 mei 2011 - Categorie: Onderzoeken


May 2011, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 270–279

Daniel Favre

1. Scientific collaborator in the Laboratory of Cellular Biotechnology (LBTC)Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne Switzerland
2. Apiary School of the City of Lausanne Chemin du Bornalet 2 Épalinges Switzerland

The worldwide maintenance of the honeybee has major ecological, economic, and political implications. In the present study, electromagnetic waves originating from mobile phones were tested for potential effects on honeybee behavior. Mobile phone handsets were placed in the close vicinity of honeybees. The sound made by the bees was recorded and analyzed. The audiograms and spectrograms revealed that active mobile phone handsets have a dramatic impact on the behavior of the bees, namely by inducing the worker piping signal. In natural conditions, worker piping either announces the swarming process of the bee colony or is a signal of a disturbed bee colony.

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