We have achieved interesting goals in the study of the phenomenon of Delayed Luminescence in the following areas: physical models, medicine, environment, food quality, technological research.

-  Environmental and food quality:

  • We were able to evaluate the viability and the germination power of single seeds in a dormant state, measuring their delayed luminescence (DL).
  • We were able to characterize the nutritional quality of tomatoes, measuring their DL.
  • We were able to detect, via the DL of monocellular algae, water pollution induced by heavy metals up to the limits prescribed by EU environmental safety regulations.

-  Physical models:

  • We developed a model describing the Delayed luminescence of single Acetabularia acetabulum cells supposing the existence of coherent collective states, propagating along cytoskeleton.
  • We demonstrated the close connection between Delayed luminescence and the dielectric constant of mammalian collagen.

 - Medicine:

  • We developed a new, DL based, non-invasive technique for the analysis of human skin able to discriminate people according to age and sex.
  • We were able to discriminate between tumour and normal cells both in tissues and in vitro using the DL and the ultraweak spontaneous photon emission.
  • We demonstrate the influence of low intensity electromagnetic fields on primary rat neocortical astroglial cell cultures.

- Technological research:

  • We built up several experimental set up which allowed us to measure the DL from different biological systems.

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