Allium-Assay In Evaluation Of Drinking And Surface Water Mutagenicity

  • Nataliya Kutsokon
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series book series (NAPSC)

Analysis of genotoxicity is of a great importance due to the pollution of the environment by genotoxicants. The most harmful anthropogenic pollutants as heavy metals, surface-active substances, pesticides and radionuclides are mutagens or/and carcinogens. At date many biotests for determination of genotoxicity in our environment are proposed. Plant assays are known to have a lot of advantages in compared to other bioassays. Our numerous data on studying genotoxicity of urban water samples demonstrate that Allium-assay may be used for complex assessment of nature water reservoirs as well as of tap water samples. Results obtained demonstrate the mutagenic activity in some samples of drinking and reservoirs water.


water quality environmental pollution mutagenicity Allium-assay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nataliya Kutsokon
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  1. 1.Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic EngineeringUkrainian National academy of ScienceUkraine

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