International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 185–190 | Cite as

Non-disjunction mutations inDrosophila exposed to magnetic fields

  • W. C. Levengood


The frequency of XO mutations inDrosophila melanogaster was significantly higher than normal in magnetic field exposed, immature males, than in exposed, mature males. Mutation levels increased with magnetic field strength. Intercellular rings of black magnetic particles were formed in the high magnetic flux region of dorsally exposed, early stage pupae and to a lesser degree in the abdomen of young adult females. Orientation of minute, chromosome associated, magnetic domains within the microenvironment of the developing organism was believed to alter oxidative processes within maturing X+ sperm which during fertilization were incompatible with and destructive to an Xw chromosome in the zygote.


Magnetic Field Plant Physiology Field Strength Young Adult Female Oxidative Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. Levengood
    • 1
  1. 1.Pinelandia Biophysical LaboratoryGrass LakeUSA

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