Genetic Effects of Ethylene Dibromide in Drosophila Melanogaster

  • P. Kale
  • J. W. Baum
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 25)


Drosophila, an organism known to be one of the best available systems for mutation detection, can also be used for detecting very low concentrations of airborne mutagens. 1,2-Dibromoethane also called ethylene dibromide (EDB), is a chemical widely used in industry, agriculture, and homes. EDB was selected as a test chemical in these studies since its mutagenic properties had previously been demonstrated in Drosophila (1) and in Tradescantia (2). In Tradescantia, extensive data on the dose versus mutation relation were available and these data were considered useful in evaluating the comparative sensitivity of the two systems for detecting airborne mutagens.


Acute Exposure Neurospora Crassa Sodium Arsenite Exposure Chamber Weighted Linear Regression 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kale
    • 1
  • J. W. Baum
    • 1
  1. 1.Safety and Environmental Protection DivisionBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUptonUSA

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