Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Enhancement in the germination, growth and yield of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) using pre-sowing magnetic treatment of seeds. med./bio.

Published in: Indian J Biochem Biophys 2012; 49 (3): 211-214

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To study the effects of pre-sowing magnetic field treatments on germination, growth and yield of okra.

Endpoint

Exposure

Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 50 Hz
Exposure duration: continuous for 3 min or 11 min

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 50 Hz
Type
Waveform
Exposure duration continuous for 3 min or 11 min
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Setup four cylindrical coils, each consisting of 4000 turns of 0.41 mm enameled copper wire wound on an iron bar; each pair of coils spaced 10 cm apart; both pairs positioned one above the other; coils connected in series; seeds placed in 10 cm x 3.5 cm rectangular glass dishes which were positioned in the gap between the coils
Sham exposure A sham exposure was conducted.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 99 mT - measured - -

Reference articles

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Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

The data showed that the magnetic field pre-treatment significantly increased the germination percentage, number of flowers per plant, leaf area, plant height at maturity as well as the number of fruits, pod mass and number of seeds per plant. The magnetic field exposure for 11 minutes showed better results than the sham exposed control or the exposure for 3 minutes.

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