MAGDA S. HANAFY#, M. A. ALYWA
Biophysics Branch, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Egypt
It has been proved that irradiating wheat grains with definite doses of fast neutrons increased its yield and also its quality, while being safe for eating. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of feeding albino rats with wheat grains (Sakha, 92) irradiated with three various neutron fluencies 105, 106, 107 n/cm2, respectively, from a 252Cf source, through measuring the changes in the whole body weight and some hematological parameters. Forty albino rats were divided into two groups; the first group (30 rats) was fed with first generation grains, after irradiation with the three neutron fluencies respectively (10 rats for each) and plantation. The second group (ten rats) was fed with unirradiated wheat grains and used as control. The feeding was overtaken for 12 weeks. The whole body weight was measured for all the rats before and after the feeding period. Also, some hematological parameters such as RBCs counts, HB content, PCV, MCV, MCH, MCHC and WBCs, PLT counts were investigated for the two groups In experimental diet rats there was no significant changes at p < 0.05 in the whole body weight relative to the control; slight changes were noticed in all the investigated hematological parameters.
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