Plant Genetic Test Systems for the Detection of Chemical Mutagens

  • William F. Grant
  • A. E. Zinov’eva-Stahevitch
  • K. D. Zura
Part of the Topics in Environmental Physiology and Medicine book series (TEPHY)


Higher plants provide valuable systems for screening and monitoring environmental chemicals. Although plant screening and monitoring assay systems have been in existence for many years, they are only beginning to receive the recognition which these sensitive and reliable systems warrant (de Serres, 1978). A general lack of familiarity with plant mutagenesis research, and the belief that plant and animal cells diverge so greatly in their physiology and phylogeny as to make comparisons meaningless, has led to a dearth of interest in, and funding for, plant mutagenesis. Recent symposia on the subject (Hart et al., 1978; de Serres, 1978) may help improve the situation.


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