Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Long-term exposure of several marine benthic animals to static magnetic fields. med./bio.

Published in: Bioelectromagnetics 2004; 25 (7): 498-502

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To investigate the effects of a long-term magnetic field exposure on the survival rate and fitness of several marine species (e.g. crustacea, bivalvia, and pisces).

Endpoint

Exposure

Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1:
Exposure duration: continuous for 49 days
Exposure 2:
Exposure duration: continuous for 3 months
Exposure 3:
Exposure duration: continuous for 57 days
Exposure 4:
Exposure duration: continuous for 39 days
Exposure 5:
Exposure duration: continuous for 28 days

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency
Type
Exposure duration continuous for 49 days
Additional info Static Magnetic Field
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Additional info Crangon crangon was divided into 3 test groups and 2 control groups.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 3.7 mT maximum measured - -

Exposure 2

Main characteristics
Frequency
Type
Exposure duration continuous for 3 months
Additional info Static Magnetic Field
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Additional info Saduria entomon was divided into 3 test groups and 1 control group.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 3.7 mT maximum measured - -

Exposure 3

Main characteristics
Frequency
Type
Exposure duration continuous for 57 days
Additional info Static Magnetic Field
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Additional info Rhithropanopeus harrisii was divided into 3 test groups and 1 control group.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 3.7 mT maximum measured - -

Exposure 4

Main characteristics
Frequency
Type
Exposure duration continuous for 39 days
Additional info Static Magnetic Field
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Additional info Mytilus edulis was divided into 3 test groups and 2 control groups.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 3.7 mT maximum measured - -

Exposure 5

Main characteristics
Frequency
Type
Exposure duration continuous for 28 days
Additional info Static Magnetic Field
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Additional info Plathichthys flesus was divided into 3 test groups and 1 control group.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 3.7 mT maximum measured - -

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • during exposure
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

For all species investigated no effect on survival rate could be observed. Blue mussel were further examined for condition index (CI), in the meaning of flesh weight as a percentage of total weight. Additionally the gonad index (GI) of the mussel was determined by grading the tissue in different stages. No significant changes in CI and GI were found either.

Study character:

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