Cytopathological Effects of Radiofrequency Electric Fields on Reproductive Tissue of Adult Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

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Adult Tenebrio molitor L. were exposed to 39-MHz radiofrequency (RF) electric fields and examined to determine cytopathological changes in ovarian and testicular tissues.

Disintegration of trophocytes and primary oocytes followed by vacuole formation in the germarium and germinal vesicle characterized the effects in ovarian tissue. Condensation of the chromatin material in the follicular epithelial cells was also evident. In testicular tissues, RF treatment caused disintegration of the cyst membranes and spermatocytes and clumping of spermatid nuclei. Mature spermatozoa were not observed in the lumina of the vasa efferentia.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 15, 1974

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  • Annals of the Entomological Society of America is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Annals especially invites submission of manuscripts that integrate different areas of insect biology, and address issues that are likely to be of broad relevance to entomologists. Articles also report on basic aspects of the biology of arthropods, divided into categories by subject matter: systematics; ecology and population biology; arthropod biology; arthropods in relation to plant diseases; conservation biology and biodiversity; physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology; morphology, histology, and fine structure; genetics; and behavior.
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