Pea (Pisum sativum, L.) and Lentil (Lens culinaris, Medik) Growth Stimulation Due to Exposure to 125 and 250 mT Stationary Fields
E. Martínez1, M. Flórez1, R. Maqueda2, M. V. Carbonell1, J. M. Amaya1
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1Physics and Mechanics Department, College of Agricultural Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
2Environmental, Rural and Marine Ministry, Spanish Office of Vegetable Varieties, Spain
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2009;18(4):657-663
Pea and lentil seeds were exposed to 125, 250 mT magnetic field. Total weight, stem weight, total and stem length were measured after 7 and 14 days of exposure. Growth parameters of these seeds were increased; consequently, seedlings from seeds magnetically treated grew taller and heavier than controls. These differences were highly significant for 24 hour (D5, D11) and chronic exposure (D6, D12). An increase in both weight and length of pea and lentil plants was observed with respect to control groups, yielding significant differences in the 14-day group (p<0.001) for every parameter. Increased root development was also observed.
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