Mobile phone radiation harmful for a cockroach’s health: Study

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Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Haematology, nitrogen cycle

Mains level: Findings of the study and its indirect affects on human beings


Effects of Mobile phone Radiations on cokroach

  1. According to a study, exposure of adult male cockroaches to “electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones resulted in sharp changes in the various enzyme systems of body fat and haematological profile
  2. Haematology deals with the scientific study of blood
  3. Other findings: The study concluded that “continuous exposure to electromagnetic radiation of cellphones can result in widespread effects on the brain, neurons, developing cells” of cockroaches

Study conducted by

  1. The study was conducted by the department of zoology, University College, Thiruvananthapuram
  2. The findings of the study were published in the scientific journal ‘Current Science’

Why it matters to human beings?

  1. The disappearance of cockroaches would play havoc with the nitrogen cycle
  2. Most cockroaches feed on decaying organic matter, which traps a lot of nitrogen
  3. Cockroach feeding has the effect of releasing that nitrogen (in their feces) which then gets into the soil and is used by plants
  4. In other words, extinction of cockroaches would have a big impact on forest health and therefore indirectly on all the species that live there
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