Effect of microwave radiation on Candida albicans

Microbios. 1994;78(314):55-9.


Microwave exposure (90 s) provides an effective, rapid sterilization for surgical scalpel blades which have been contaminated with Candida albicans. SEM analysis showed that microwave irradiation induced a morphological modification of the cells. The longer the exposure time the greater such alterations and this micro-organism in effect fractures after 9 min. No evidence was found of morphological alteration of the fungus after being submerged in boiling water for the same amount of time even though cell death was actually achieved.

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / radiation effects*
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Microwaves*
  • Sterilization / methods*
  • Surgical Instruments*
  • Time Factors