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ID Number 2547
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Model Mobile phones were tested for effects on honeybee behavior by analysis of audiograms and spectrograms of bee sounds.

AUTHORS' ABSTRACT: Favre 2011 (IEEE #6253): 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. AUTHOR'S ABSTRACT: (Favre 2017 (IEEE #6827): Mobile phone companies and policy makers point to studies with contradictory results and usually claim that there is a lack of scientific proof of adverse effects of electromagnetic fields on animals. The present perspective article describes an experiment on bees, which clearly shows the adverse effects of electromagnetic fields on these insects behavior. The experiment should be reproduced by other researchers so that the danger of manmade electromagnetism (for bees, nature and thus humans) ultimately appears evident to anyone.

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  • Favre, D Apidologie., (2011) 42:270-279
  • Favre, D Journal of Behavioral Addictions., (2017) 2:1010-
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