Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 143–152 | Cite as

Influence of non-thermic AC magnetic fields on spore germination in a dimorphic fungus

  • E. Wittekindt
  • D. Broers
  • G. Kraepelin
  • I. Lamprecht


The influence of weak pulsed magnetic fields of low frequencies on the germination rate ofMycotypha africana was tested. This fungus grows as a mycelium (M-culture) or in a yeast-like form (Y-culture) depending upon culture conditions. 5 h and 24 h of field application enhanced the germination rate in a Y-culture up to 2 or 3 times at low intensity levels and decreased it up to a factor 4 at the intensity level “4”. M-cultures exhibited the same reaction pattern after 5 h exposition and no effect after 24 h exposition. The Y/M ratio is shifted by low field intensities towards the Y-form. The occurence of stimulation as well as retardation by neighbouring intensities is discussed.


Magnetic Field Culture Condition Field Application Field Intensity Germination Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Wittekindt
    • 1
  • D. Broers
    • 1
  • G. Kraepelin
    • 2
  • I. Lamprecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für BiophysikFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 33Germany
  2. 2.Institut für Biochemie and Molekulare BiologieTechnische Universität BerlinBerlin 10Germany

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