Contributions of Seed Meristems to Radiobiology

  • B. V. Conger
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 18)


“Dry” or dormant biological systems such as bacterial spores, cysts of brine shrimp and seeds of higher plants have been extensively used as test organisms in radiobiological studies. In particular, experiments conducted with the bacterial spore have contributed much to our knowledge of certain radiobiological concepts (see ref. 39 for a review). Plant seeds have been used in similar studies and although inferior to the bacterial spore in population size which can be studied, the seed has several advantages. It represents a multicellular organism with a complex chromosome structure and in addition to reduced survival (the only kind of damage studied in the spore) other radiobiological end-points such as mutations, chromosome aberrations and growth reduction can be readily measured.


Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Chromosome Aberration Peroxy Radical Barley Seed Bacterial Spore 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. V. Conger
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AgronomyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.UT-AEC Agricultural Research LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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