Genotoxic Agents in the Agro-Ecosystem Chairman’s Comments

  • Dennis P. H. Hsieh
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (volume 6)


In our agro-ecosystem, there are at least four classes of genotoxic agents that have been detected and characterized:
  1. 1.

    Genotoxic metabolites produced by plants and fungi.

  2. 2.

    Genotoxic heavy metal salts found in the soil.

  3. 3.

    Genotoxic man-made chemicals used as pesticides and other agricultural chemicals.

  4. 4.

    Genotoxic substances generated during the heat processing of foods or the burning of agricultural wastes.



Agricultural Waste Agricultural Chemical Heterocyclic Amine Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Genotoxic Agent 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis P. H. Hsieh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental ToxicologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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