Charlie Brents & Bryan Shorten asked:
Could radio signals or mobile phone masts be confusing bees, contributing to colony collapse disorder?
We posed this question to James Nieh from the University of California at San Diego...
James - There was an original study in India that created these questions and interest, and what they did is they actually put a radio cell phone transmitter inside the hive, but it really wasnít done with very many colonies and the results were ambiguous. They were not statistically significant. I actually have looked at this paper. In addition, the authors have said that their results were too broadly interpreted. So I would say, the answer is that there really is no scientific evidence that cell phone towers or other types of electromagnetic radiation from communications devices harm bees. In addition, there are many areas that are afflicted by colony collapse disorder that do not have cell phone towers that are nearby. So itís not thought to be a good link.
If anyone anywhere knows of a succesful beehive that's close to a phone mast then the basis of that story (cellphone masts kill bees) is wrong.
Mobile phone masts have been put up as a possible suspect in CCD (colony collapse disorder). It is just one of numerous suspects which have been put forward.
None of you have thought about the possibility of the tower falling on to the bee.
We had to have a colony removed around 3 months ago, that was in a birdbath near the frontdoor. Very happy bees that were living under a cellular mast with no problems on their part, we were the ones worried about being stung. There are plenty of beekeepers who do not charge for the removal of the colonies, as they take the queen and as many of the workers along with the hive as they can safely catch. The remaining few thousand workers were gassed afterwards. SeanB, Tue, 8th Jun 2010