Influence of non-thermic AC magnetic fields on spore germination in a dimorphic fungus

Radiat Environ Biophys. 1990;29(2):143-52. doi: 10.1007/BF01210559.


The influence of weak pulsed magnetic fields of low frequencies on the germination rate of Mycotypha africana was tested. This fungus grows as a mycelium (M-culture) or in a yeast-like form (Y-culture) depending upon culture conditions. 5 h and 24 h of field application enhanced the germination rate in a Y-culture up to 2 or 3 times at low intensity levels and decreased it up to a factor 4 at the intensity level "4". M-cultures exhibited the same reaction pattern after 5 h exposition and no effect after 24 h exposition. The Y/M ratio is shifted by low field intensities towards the Y-form. The occurrence of stimulation as well as retardation by neighbouring intensities is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Calcium / physiology
  • Culture Media
  • Magnetics*
  • Spores, Fungal / physiology*


  • Culture Media
  • Calcium