Methods for Inducing Mutations
Hundreds of papers have been published dealing with a great variety of different methods for the induction of gene mutations. In most cases, the frequency of chlorophyll mutants in the M2 generations was used as test for judging the effectiveness of the mutagens used. For the problems dealt with in the present book it is not necessary to discuss these methodological questions in detail. Many information in a summarized form is given in the Manual of Mutation Breeding (International Atomic Energy Agency 1977b). Further details are found in the chapters “Mutation” in Progress in Botany (Gottschalk 1975, 1977b, 1979d, 1981d). Methodological aspects of muta-genesis in vegetatively propagated species have been discussed in a symposium of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1973a), furthermore by Nakajima (1977), and by Broertjes and van Harten (1978). I shall give only a brief survey, adding some recently published findings.
KeywordsInternational Atomic Energy Agency Initial Cell Ethyl Methane Sulfonate Ethylene Imine Mutagenic Treatment
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