Effect of a magnetic field on plant growth

Steve Segal segals-2 at mail.idt.net
Sat Mar 29 12:25:13 EST 1997

	I recently conducted an experiment entitled A Magnetic Field and the
Growth of Spinach.  My results were that the plants subjected to the
north pole were smaller than the control.  The plants subjected to the
south pole were larger than the control.  These results are similar to
other experiments conducted with mice.  The mice that were exposed to
a southern field grew larger and more agressive while the mice that
were exposed to the north field were small and weak.  Also, there was
an experiment where seeds were exposed to a magnetic field before
being planted.  The plant whose seed was exposed to the southern field
gave off more oxygen and grew taller.  The plant whose seed was
exposed to the northern field was smaller.  	
	Could a possible explanation to this be that the south field
encouraged the production of certain growth hormones such as auxin and
cytokinin while the north field inhibited the production?  Is that
possible?  Are my results unique to that of the spinach plant?
	Lastly, if you think that you could provide some insight into why this
occurred please don't hesitate to e-mail me.  I look forward to
hearing from you.  Thanks.

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