The effect of the non ionizing radiation on cultivated plants of Arabidopsis thaliana (Col.)


Stefi AL, Margaritis LH, Christodoulakis NS. The effect of the non ionizing radiation on cultivated plants of Arabidopsis thaliana (Col.). Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants [Internet]. 2016;223:114 - 120.


A series of experiments was carried out to investigate any structural or biochemical alterations on Arabidopsis thaliana (Col.) plants after a long term exposure to non ionizing radiation emitted from the base unit of a cordless DECT system. Exposed plants, compared to their control counterparts, seem to be affected concerning their biomass and leaf structure. Their leaves are thinner and possess fewer chloroplasts. SEM observations of the exposed leaves reveal that the only feature affected is the pubescence which almost disappears while TEM investigation revealed minor structural effects in the chloroplasts. The reduction in the number of chloroplasts as well as the decrease of stroma thylakoids and photosynthetic pigments are probably the main reasons for a weak photosynthetic potential and a consequent reduction of the biomass production. © 2016 Elsevier GmbH.


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