Plant sensitivity to low intensity 105 GHz electromagnetic radiation

Tafforeau, Marc and Verdus, A. Marie-Claire and Norris, Vic and White, Glenn J. and Cole, Mike J. and Demarty, Maurice and Thellier, Michel and Ripoll, Camille (2004) Plant sensitivity to low intensity 105 GHz electromagnetic radiation. Bioelectromagnetics, 25 (6). pp. 403-407. ISSN 0197-8462. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Exposing seedlings of the flax, Linum usitatissimum L., to a variety of weak environmental stresses followed by a 2 day calcium deprivation, triggers the common response of production of epidermal meristems (actively dividing groups of cells) in the hypocotyl, which is the part of the stem between the root and the cotyledons (the pre-existing leaves in the embryo). This production reaches a plateau of 10-20 meristems after a month in the case of mechanical stimulation and cold shock. Recently, we have shown that radiation from a global system for mobile communication (GSM) telephone also triggers production of meristems with a plateau of around six meristems. Here, we show that a single 2 h exposure to radiation emitted at 105 GHz at non-thermal levels by a Gunn oscillator induces meristem production with kinetics similar to that induced by weak environmental stimuli and radiation from GSM telephone.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 20 WILEY-LISS 850JC
Uncontrolled keywords: environmental stress; microwaves; flax; meristem; calcium
Subjects: Q Science
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Maggie Francis
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2008 14:52
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 15:20
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