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Chronic exposure of a honey bee colony to 2.45 GHz continuous wave microwavesA honey bee colony (Apis mellifera L.) was exposed 28 days to 2.45 GHz continuous wave microwaves at a power density (1 mW/sq cm) expected to be associated with rectennae in the solar power satellite power transmission system. Differences found between the control and microwave-treated colonies were not large, and were in the range of normal variation among similar colonies. Thus, there is an indication that microwave treatment had little, if any, effect on (1) flight and pollen foraging activity, (2) maintenance of internal colony temperature, (3) brood rearing activity, (4) food collection and storage, (5) colony weight, and (6) adult populations. Additional experiments are necessary before firm conclusions can be made.
Document ID
19820030812
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Westerdahl, B. B. (California Univ. Davis, CA, United States)
Gary, N. E. (California, University Davis, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Publication Information
Publication: Space Solar Power Review
Volume: 2
Issue: 3, 19
Subject Category
LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS2-9539
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other