Effects of geomagnetic field deprivation on germination and early growth of maize variety San (Zea mays L. cv. San)

Barbara Tombarkiewicz , Katarzyna Możdzeń , Weronika Kanik , Bartosz Bojarski , Krzysztof Pawlak , Marcin Lis


The geomagnetic field (GMF) represents one of the major environmental factors which may suffer either natural or anthropogenic disturbances. According to available literature data, many plants species responds to GMF changes and its abnormalities can adversely affect live organisms. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of GMF deprivation on selected morphological and physiological parameters of maize variety San (Zea mays L. cv. San). The examined parameters included germination capacity, seedling growth, fresh and dry weight, the water content and the level of disorganization of seedling cell membranes. The obtained results suggest that GMF deprivation caused a reduction of germination capacity of maize. Moreover, roots of seedlings growing under disturbed GMF conditions (GMF intensity approx. 12 μT) were significantly longer as compared to the control group (GMF intensity approx. 38–42 μT). Fresh weight, dry weight, and coleoptiles length showed no differences among the groups. However, significantly lower electrolyte leakage was observed in maize seedlings of the experimental group.
Author Barbara Tombarkiewicz (FoAS / IoVS)
Barbara Tombarkiewicz,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Katarzyna Możdzeń
Katarzyna Możdzeń,,
, Weronika Kanik (FoAS / IoVS)
Weronika Kanik,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Bartosz Bojarski (FoAS / IoVS)
Bartosz Bojarski,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Krzysztof Pawlak (FoAS / IoVS)
Krzysztof Pawlak,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Marcin Lis (FoAS / IoVS)
Marcin Lis,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
Journal seriesPolish Journal of Agronomy, ISSN 2081-2787, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishgeomagnetic field deprivation, germination, maize seedlings
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Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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