International Journal of Health Research and Innovation

The Effect of Cell Phone Signal in the Near-Field Region

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    Numerous studies have been conducted to understand the effect of radio frequency (RF) signals normally emitted by cell phones on living organisms. Few studies however addressed the effects on plants which are easier to study and whose cells have a basic structure very similar to those of animals and humans thus we can use the results on plants to understand the effects on humans. We conducted a study to determine if direct RF radiation from a cell phone influences the growth of a tomato plant.  Unlike other studies, our work focused on the correlation of plant growth with the distance from the cell phone antenna. We found that the plants exposed to the RF radiation grew taller and more massive than the unexposed plants.  In addition, we observed two trends of growth indicating a cut-off of the Near-Field region. In the Near-Field region, the plants were affected more by the RF radiation as the distance increased from the cell phone antenna in opposite trend to what is expected from the Far-Field region in which the electromagnetic wave is fully established, and its effect dies down as the distance increased from the wave source.

    Keywords: Cell Phone effects, RF radiation