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Electromagn Biol Med. 2006;25(1):71-7.

Influence of ELF sinusoidal electromagnetic fields on proliferation and metabolite yield of fungi.

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  • 1Laboratory Bioelectrochemistry, Beutenberg Campus, Jena, Germany.


The response of mycelium proliferation in 12 strains of fungi were tested by sinusoidal ELF 50 Hz electromagnetic field treatment in the range B = 0.6-10 mT over 10 days. The ratio of experiment/control indicated three types of proliferation changes: a) no significant change, b) a strong decrease down to E/C = 0.2, c) a maximization of mycelium diameter by treatment at 5-7 mT. According to these results, effects can be produced noninvasively by varying either magnetic intensities or time of treatment. As yet, systematic bioelectromagnetic research using sinusoidal electromagnetic fields (SEMF)-on fermentation of fungi is still in its initial stages.

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