Document Type: Original Article
In this research, the effects of electromagnetic fields of various strengths (0, 1 and 2mT) have been investigated on antioxidant enzymes activity in Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.). The dry and wet (soaked for 30 min) Valerian seeds were exposed to electromagnetic fields 30 min per day for 3 days. Each treatment and control groups had 3 replicates and 10 seeds were employed for each replicate. Results showed that electromagnetic field treatment increased significantly root length, fresh and dry weight, ascorbate peroxidase, guaiacol peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, polyphenol oxidase and lipoxygenase activity compared to control for most treatment groups especially in the groups of dry treated seeds. These results showed that electromagnetic fields probably enhanced oxidative stress and treated Valerian seeds probably increased antioxidant enzymes activity to inhibit overproduction of free radicals against electromagnetic fields tension.