Mechanism of lethal action of 2,450-MHz radiation on microorganisms.

@article{Vela1979MechanismOL,
  title={Mechanism of lethal action of 2,450-MHz radiation on microorganisms.},
  author={Gabriela R Vela and J. F. Wu},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={1979},
  volume={37 3},
  pages={
          550-3
        }
}
Various bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, and bacteriophages were exposed to microwaves of 2,450 +/- 20 MHz in the presence and in the absence of water. It was found that microorganisms were inactivated only when in the presence of water and that dry or lyophilized organisms were not affected even by extended exposures. The data presented here prove that microorganisms are killed by "thermal effect" only and that, most likely, there is no "nonthermal effect"; cell constituents other than water do… CONTINUE READING

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