Cell tower radiation prevents garden cress from germinating
Peer-reviewed study replicates Danish student experiment
Mainstream media in many countries reported on this news story:
"Can WiFi Signals Stunt Plant Growth? ... A Danish science experiment by a group of 9th-graders has gained worldwide interest and may have us rethinking the proliferation of wireless devices in our homes." ABC News, May 24, 2013.
"Deense leerlingen verbazen wetenschappers met Wifi-experiment." DeWereldMorgen, May 28, 2013.
"Le Wi-Fi mortel pour les graines de cresson? Attendons l'expérience scientifique." Slate, May 31, 2013.
"Wi-fried: do wireless routers really kill plants?" The Guardian, Dec 17, 2013.
The story went viral on the Internet.
More recently, students in a few countries replicated the findings of this study, but pundits dismissed the results.
In a newly published peer-reviewed study, Drs. Cammaerts and Johansson conducted a partial replication of the original Danish student study using cell towers instead of WiFi routers as the source of wireless radiation. They found that cress seeds located 200 meters from two cell towers failed to germinate.
They concluded that "wireless technology may effectively and seriously impact nature and should urgently be used much more cautiously."
A summary of the study is available at http://bit.ly/EMRcress.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
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