Mutation Induction and Detection in Arabidopsis

  • G. P. Rédei
  • Gregoria N. Acedo
  • S. S. Sandhu
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 31)


Mutation is an infrequent event, and the stability of the various gene loci is quite different. Additional complexity appears when mutability is studied in different taxonomic groups displaying a variety of genome organization. Higher plants permit the study of mutation in three types of genomes: nuclear, plastidic and mitochondrial. In Arabidopsis the size of the nuclear genome is about 1. 3 × 1012 dalton whereas the chloroplast and the mitochondrial genomes are estimated to be 4 to 5 orders of magnitude smaller. The nuclear genome of Arabidopsis is much less redundant than that of other higher plants, thus mutation can be detected at an estimated 19,688 loci during embryonic development and the total number of loci with visible mutations appears to be 27,875.


Mutation Rate Segregation Ratio Mutation Induction Germline Cell Ethyl Methanesulfonate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Rédei
    • 1
  • Gregoria N. Acedo
    • 1
  • S. S. Sandhu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AgronomyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Environmental Protection AgencyUSA

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