Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2015 Vol: 7 Issue: 3

Effects of 2G and 3G mobile phone radiations on germination of seeds and growth of seedlings of pulses


During the last two decades, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of wireless telecommunication devices including cell phones resulting in increase in the levels of electromagnetic field radiations in the natural environment causing electromagnetic pollution such as electromagnetic field smog. The present study was planned to observe the effects of electromagnetic radiations emitted from mobile phones on the germination of seeds, early growth of seedlings and biochemical changes in emerging seedlings of Vigna radiata (green gram), Cicer arietinum (bengal gram) and Vigna aconitifolia (moth bean). In present study it was observed that the radiations from mobile phones significantly reduced the radicle and plumule growth, fresh weight, dry weight and relative water content. The decrease in the protein content and increase in the lipid content in seedlings depending upon the period of exposure was also observed. The electromagnetic field radiations from cell phones also enhanced the activities of guaiacol peroxidases. The current study depicted that radiations from mobile phones interfere with the biochemical processes in seedlings and may affect their elongation.

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