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The effect of the non ionizing radiation on exposed, laboratory cultivated upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) plants
- Stefi, Aikaterina L., Margaritis, Lukas H., Christodoulakis, Nikolaos S.
- Flora 2017 v.226 pp. 55-64
- Gossypium hirsutum, biomass production, chloroplasts, ionizing radiation, photosynthesis, pigments
- A series of experiments was carried out to investigate possible structural or biochemical alterations in Gossypium hirsutum plants after a long term (21days) exposure to non ionizing radiation (1882MHz) emitted from the base unit of a cordless DECT system. Exposed plants, compared to the negative (matched) controls, seem to be seriously affected. Notably lower biomass production for the above ground part and the root was recorded. Reduction of the photosynthetic pigments and severe damage of the chloroplast structure were also observed. It seems that non ionizing radiation can be noxious for plant life functions.