Turkish Journal of BiologyThe Effects of Microwave Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on the Fecundity of Drosophila melanogaster
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Hacettepe University, 06800, Ankara - TURKEY
Abstract: In this study, the effects of microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) on the fecundity of Drosophila melanogaster were investigated. The Oregon strain females of Drosophila melanogaster were exposed to 10 GHz EMF continuously (3 h, 4 h and 5 h) and discontinuously (3 h exposure + 30 min interval + 3 h exposure). The fecundity of females were determined. In the 4 h and 5 h exposed groups, it was found a statistically significant decrease in mean fecundity as compared to the control (P < 0.05). There was a reduction in the 3 h and 3 + 3 h exposed groups but this reduction was not significant statistically (P > 0.05).
Key Words: Drosophila melanogaster, electromagnetic fields, fecundity
Turk. J. Biol., 31, (2007), 1-5.
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