Cytogenetic Studies of Agricultural Chemicals in Plants

  • William F. Grant
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (volume 6)


Of the some 1500 chemicals used in agriculture (99), pesticides are the most controversial for their known or potential genotoxicity (mutagenicity-carcinogenicity-teratogenicity) and will comprise the subject matter of this paper. Pesticides are a large diverse group of compounds which include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, fumigants, growth regulators and inhibitors, acaricides, rodenticides, soil nematicides, seed sterilants, soil conditioners, and chemosterilants. In addition, there are emulsifiers and solvents which are combined with pesticides and which are potential mutagens in their own right (25).


Chromosome Aberration Cytogenetic Study Agricultural Chemical Methyl Parathion Chiasma Frequency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William F. Grant
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  1. 1.Genetics LaboratoryMacdonald Campus of McGill UniversitySte. Anne de BellevueCanada

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