Bioassay for assessing cell stress in the vicinity of radio-frequency irradiating antennas

Edna Ben Izhak Monselise, Aliza Levkovitz, Hugo E. Gottlieb, Daniel Kost

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The 24 h exposure of water plants (etiolated duckweed) to RF-EMF between 7.8 V m -1 and 1.8 V m -1, generated by AM 1.287 MHz transmitting antennas, resulted in alanine accumulation in the plant cells, a phenomenon we have previously shown to be a universal stress signal. The magnitude of the effect corresponds qualitatively to the level of RF-EMF exposure. In the presence of 10 mM vitamin C, alanine accumulation is completely suppressed, suggesting the involvement of free radicals in the process. A unique biological connection has thus been made between exposure to RF-EMF and cell stress, in the vicinity of RF transmitting antennas. This simple test, which lasts only 24 h, constitutes a useful bioassay for the quick detection of biological cell stress caused in the vicinity of RF irradiating antennas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1890-1896
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Monitoring
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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