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Mutagenicity of Ethyl Methanesulfonate, Mitomycin C, and Vinyl Chloride in the Tradescantia Test Systems

  • C. H. Nauman
  • W. F. Grant

Abstract

Tradescantia is a classical plant for mutation studies and was used for radiation cytology experiments by many early workers (1), It is especially sensitive to both ionizing radiation (2–4) and chemical mutagens (5–7), the effects of very low exposures being readily detectable. It has a cellular radiosensitivity similar to that of many mammalian cells. The plant is relatively easy to grow under a wide range of environmental conditions and blooms continuously throughout the year. Flowering axillary cuttings are readily obtained and easily rooted, thus providing both root tips and floral tissues for study.

Keywords

Vinyl Chloride Chemical Mutagen Ethyl Methanesulfonate Ethyl Methane Sulfonate Trimethyl Phosphate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Nauman
    • 1
  • W. F. Grant
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentBrookhaven National LaboratoryUpton Long IslandUSA
  2. 2.Genetics LaboratoryMacDonald Campus of McGill UniversitySte. Anne de BellevueCanada

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