Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Effects of 50 Hz magnetic fields on the viability of different bacterial strains. med./bio.

Published in: Electromagn Biol Med 2005; 24 (3): 293-300

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To study the effect of a 50 Hz magnetic field on the growth of different bacterial strains.

Background/further details

Bacteria with different cell shapes were compared: rod-shaped bacteria (Escherichia coli, Leclercia adecarboxylata) and spherical bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Paracoccus denitrificans, Sphingomona paucimobilis, Rhodococcus erythropolis).
The temperature during exposure was maintained in the range of 24-26°C.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 50 Hz
Exposure duration: up to 48 min

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 50 Hz
  • unspecified
Exposure duration up to 48 min
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Setup Samples were placed on a non-conductive stand in the center of the coil.
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 10 mT unspecified unspecified - -

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

A decrease of optical densities in exposed samples was found. The magnetic field effect was bigger for rod-like bacteria. The authors conclude that magnetic field effects depend on the shape of exposed cells.

Study character:

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