Soybean System for Testing the Genetic Effects of Industrial Emissions and Liquid Effluents

  • Baldev K. Vig
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 22)


The testing of complex mixtures found in today’s air, water, and soils for harmful effects on man is a gigantic and important task. This paper introduces a eukaryotic test system that yields at least qualitative estimates of genetic damage of the type observable in man. The soybean spot test is based on inducing various types of genetic damage by treating seeds or seedlings with the chemical or mixture of chemicals in question. This review briefly describes the nature of the test system, the kinds of data obtained for various chemicals, their postulated genetic effects, and the potential usefulness of this material for environmental mutagen testing. This summary is only a guideline to understanding the system; the details of previous work can be found in references (for reviews, see Nilan and Vig, 1976; Vig, 1975, 1978).


Yellow Spot Ethylmethane Sulfonate Compound Leaf Green Spot Somatic Mosaicism 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Baldev K. Vig
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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