Electromagnetic radiation harmful to trees, crops, bees and other nature

Electromagnetic radiation harmful to trees, crops, bees and other nature

What is the influence of electromagnetic radiation on nature? Plants and trees are essential for oxygen supply. The trees and plants convert CO2 into oxygen and the leafy green ‘Chlorophyll’ purifies the air. However, decaying trees and plants use oxygen…

Scientific research by the Laboratory of Plant Cell Biology of the University of Wageningen, commissioned by the municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn, shows that trees and crops become ill when they are exposed to pulsed electromagnetic radiation from (transmitting installations for) wireless internet (WiFi) and mobile telephony are exposed.

In February of this year, therefore, the first symposium on ‘The effect of electromagnetic radiation on trees’ was held.held in the Green Pavilion in Baarn. The first symposium was supported internationally and nationally by scientists, municipalities of Roshan and the green sector. Due to its success, this symposium was repeated in June.

Trees with strange symptoms

The investigation was started after officials from the municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn discovered five years ago that 10 percent of the trees had strange and inexplicable spots, tumor-like ‘bark nodules’ and mysterious ‘bark stripes’, which sometimes split open and even ‘bleed’.

This did not concern cracks as a result of thickness growth or frost. The strange symptoms of the disease have now been observed in all types of trees, in all urban areas in the Western world. While the trees in more densely wooded areas are not or hardly affected. The percentage of diseased trees has even increased from 10 percent to 70 percent in 5 years. The largest increase in the use of (transmitting installations for) mobile telephony and wireless internet also took place in the same period.

Cell towers and pulsed radiation

Hennie Tuithof, director of the building consultancy ‘Alphaplan’ from Alphen aan den Rijn, has been conducting research in the Netherlands and abroad since 2005 into the effects of pulsed electromagnetic radiation from GSM and UMTS transmission towers on trees in nature.

Electromagnetic radiation harmful to trees, crops, bees and other nature

With pulsed electromagnetic radiation, a non-constant signal is sent at different types of frequencies. This type of pulsed electromagnetic radiation does not occur in nature. Digital forms of radiation are usually pulsed, such as: GSM, DECT, Baby Monitor, CT2, UMTS, WiFi/WLAN, HSDPA/HSUPA USB Dongle, Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE, WiMAX, C2000, P2000, and Radar.

Video about the effect of radiation from mobile phones and cell towers on trees.Expert Hennie Tuithof on the effects of radiation from UMTS transmission towers on trees. Hennie Tuithof wrote his findings in the report ‘Stealing fellt Bomen’ and his follow-up report ‘UMTS destroys trees’ (in the meantime, these PDFs can no longer be found via the original links, ed.). He recently gave a lecture on ‘Radiation and Trees’ at the office of the Groengroep in Boskoop. Hennie Tuithof also did research for the municipality of Alphen. His research was continued by the Municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn and Wageningen University.


Wageningen University was commissioned by the municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn to investigate the extent to which the increasing number of electromagnetic radiation sources, such as transmission towers, can affect the health of trees. In the study by the Laboratory of Plant Cell Biology, Ash trees and several herbaceous plants in a grow room were exposed to pulsed electromagnetic radiation from six pilot WiFi access points for three months. With frequencies ranging between 2412 and 2472 MHz, at an evenly radiated power of 100 mW EIRP, at a distance of 50 to 300 cm.

This gave the leaves of the trees and plants a luster-like color. Which appears to be the result of the death of the upper and lower epidermis of the leaves. on which dehydration, stunted growth and leaf death followed. The leaves of the trees closest to the radiation source died. White Ash trees and herbaceous plants in identical grow rooms without radiation exposure from WiFi access points, remained healthy.Video about the research of the University of Wageningen


The same trial with maize showed that the radiation from the WiFi access points inhibited the growth of the maize cobs. The Corn and Arabidopsis seed cultures also showed growth and flowering retardation compared to seed cultures in identical grow rooms not exposed to radiation from WiFi access points. Earlier scientific research by the Indian Panjab University of Chandigarh had already shown that the radiation from mobile phones is very harmful to the roots and germination of legumes .

Dying trees

In its report, Wageningen University comes to the conclusion that the bark nodules, bark stripes and bark cracks originate around dead cells. It appears that in various tree species, death of the outer cell layers of the trunk often occurs. It is not yet known what the consequences of bark nodules for the vitality of trees will be. But it is clear that when bark cracks and necrotic (dead) tissue develop, the tree becomes more susceptible to disease and pests.

No biological cause

Electromagnetic radiation harmful to trees, crops, bees and other nature

It is certain that the cause of the strange tree diseases is not biological. No bacteria, fungus, or virus was found. This was also concluded by the Wageningen Plant Protection Service.

Ultrafine dust

It cannot be ruled out that ultrafine particles also have negative influences on the health of trees. Ultrafine particles are so small that they can penetrate organisms and cause damage.

Electromagnetic Radiation and Fruits

Wageningen University is calling for more extensive follow-up research to find out whether there are even more harmful effects in the long term, whether the fruits of diseased trees can still be eaten and what the economic consequences are.

Electromagnetic Radiation and Bee Death

Earlier scientific research by Indian Environmentalist Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy also found that bee deaths were largely caused by pulsed radiation from GSM and UMTS cell towers . The pulsed electromagnetic waves from transmission towers near beehives disrupt the navigation system of the bees. As a result, the honeybees that collect nectar from flowers to maintain the bee colony can no longer return to their hive and the queen is then left alone with the eggs. New scientific research by Swiss Biologist Dr. Daniel Favre has shown that bees run away, become disoriented and get lost due to cell phone signal.

According to Dr. Pattazhy’s bee population could be gone in ten years if more cell towers were added . The Netherlands currently has the largest bee death in all of Europe. Bees are essential for the pollination of at least 80 percent of crops, including at least 90 fruits and vegetables. It now appears that the crops themselves also die as a result of pulsed radiation from (transmitting installations for) wireless internet and mobile telephony.

Electromagnetic radiation effects on humans and animals

dr. Andre van Lammeren, senior lecturer in the Plant Cell Biology chair group at Wageningen University, who conducted research into the effects of radiation on trees, concludes in an interview with the Belgian VRT-News: “If a plant is taxed and it is damaged, is it a sign on the wall to set up comparable studies for other organisms…” BSc PhD.

Andrew Goldsworthy, Honorary Lecturer in Biology at Imperial College London, has been researching the biological effects of electromagnetic fields for over 30 years. He was one of the speakers at the first symposium on ‘The effect of electromagnetic radiation on trees’ and says the following about this: “It is already demonstrated that DNA from animal tissue disintegrates into pieces after a few hours of exposure to radiation from mobile telephones. This leads to mutations, loss of cell functions and possibly cell death.” This damage to the DNA can also cause the accelerated / erroneous cell division that forms tumors in humans and animals and bark nodules in trees…

 Electromagnetic radiation harmful to trees, crops, bees and other nature


Scientific research at the University of Leuven showed that rats exposed to WiFi, GSM, and antenna radiation, double die so often (from tumors)than rats not exposed to that radiation. 60 percent of the rats exposed to the radiation died prematurely and 16 of the 17 rats that were subsequently autopsied were found to have died of a tumor. The genetic heritage of rats is said to be 90 percent similar to that of humans… Prof. dr. dr. Stefaan van Gool, an oncologist specializing in brain tumors and affiliated with the University of Leuven, has been closely following the radiation problem for years.

He, therefore, advises against using wireless equipment in the VRT news broadcast: “ Not everything has to be wireless, these days”. The WHO recently announced for the first time that radiation from mobile phones can be carcinogenic and is therefore asking everyone to reduce their use of mobile phones.   This is the updated version of the article that previously appeared in the April issue of Maandblad Spiegelbeeld.

More information

There is a lot of information about the effects of electromagnetic radiation on nature. A short summary of the first international scientific symposium on “The effect of electromagnetic radiation on trees”. The site aims to visualize trees that are affected by radiation from mobile communication systems, such as those of GSM and UMTS cell towers.

Anyone who discovers diseased trees near cell towers and the like can report this to them. In the national antenna register, you can find out whether and where there are transmission towers in the area. The annual ‘National Radiation Day’ was held on 20 and 21 May .held. Hennie Tuithof was one of the speakers on that day. * This way you reduce exposure to harmful mobile phone radiation In the Netherlands you can adopt a healthy organic apple tree from organic fruit growers. Where you can pick the apples yourself. For 10 Euro you can have a healthy tree planted in the first ‘Avatarbos ‘ in the world, in Zoetermeer.



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