Review: Weak radiofrequency radiation exposure from mobile phone radiation on plants

Malka N. Halgamuge (2016): Review: Weak radiofrequency radiation exposure from mobile phone radiation on plants, Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/15368378.2016.1220389

Brief Summary:

Aim: The study aimed to understand if radio waves from mobile phones, which aren't hot and are quite weak (referred to as non-thermal, weak, RF-EMFs), affect plants in any way.

What Was Done: Researchers analyzed data from 45 scientific studies (from 1996 to 2016), which contained 169 observations about how plants responded to these radio waves. They looked at changes in 29 different types of plants.

Findings: The majority of these studies (almost 90%) showed that plants did undergo some physical and/or growth changes when exposed to mobile phone radiation. Certain plants, like maize, roselle, pea, fenugreek, duckweeds, tomato, onions, and mungbean, were found to be particularly sensitive. It also seems plants responded more at certain frequency ranges: 800-1500 MHz, 1500-2400 MHz, and 3500-8000 MHz.

Conclusion: There is strong evidence suggesting that radio waves from mobile phones have an effect on plants. While this doesn't directly say anything about the effects on humans, it's something we can't fully ignore, as the findings might indirectly relate to human health due to the intricate ways in which they influence various processes (like how cells handle calcium and produce stress proteins). This study can serve as a foundation for future research, especially long-term experiments that examine the effects of these radio waves on whole living organisms.

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