Accession Number:

ADA218623

Title:

ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Communications System Ecological Monitoring Program: Slime Mold Studies

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 08 Jul 1972-31 Oct 1988

Corporate Author:

IIT RESEARCH INST CHICAGO IL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

94.0

Abstract:

We have previously shown that continuous exposure of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to extremely low frequency ELF electromagnetic fields EMF simulating those generated by the Navys ELF communication system then Project Sanguine could depress the rate of respiration, and lengthen the mitotic cell cycle. In a series of experiments beginning in 1981 and ending in 1987, we sought to determine whether exposing Physarum to the field environment around the Wisconsin Transmitting Facility WTF could induce an altered physiological state. A laboratory component was also included to help verify methodology and to supplement studies performed at the WTF. Initially, the experimental effort was directed to devising methods to maintain axenic Physarum cultures under ambient environmental conditions. This involved using growth chambers that admit the electric field or current density from the surrounding environment the cultures were returned to the laboratory for analysis. The successful methods placed the organism on an agar bed inside double containment and introduced the samples to be assayed into shaken liquid culture medium upon arrival at the laboratory. Both WTF-generated electromagnetic fields and background strengths were measured with the help of IITRI at study locations near the antenna, at the west ground of the WTF antenna, as well as at control sites.

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE