Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Exposure to cell phone radiations produces biochemical changes in worker honey bees med./bio.

Published in: Toxicol Int 2011; 18 (1): 70-72

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To study the effect of cell phone exposure on various biomolecules in the adult workers of the honey bee.

Background/further details

Exposure duration was up to 40 min. and ten honeybees were collected after 10, 20 and 40 min. of exposure/sham exposure.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1:
  • unspecified
Exposure duration: continuous for 10, 20 or 40 min

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
  • unspecified
Exposure duration continuous for 10, 20 or 40 min
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Chamber back and front of the observation hive made of glas, two sides consisting of wire gauze
Setup mobile phone in listen-talk mode
Sham exposure A sham exposure was conducted.

No parameters are specified for this exposure.

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • during exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

The exposed worker bees showed a reduced motor activity on the comb initially, followed by en masse migration and movement toward the "talk mode" cell phone. The initial quiet period was characterized by a rise in concentration of biomolecules including proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, perhaps due to stimulation of body mechanism to fight the stressful condition created by the mobile phone irradiation. At later stages of exposure (40 min.), there was a slight decline in the concentration of biomolecules probably because the body had adapted to the stimulus.

Study character:

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