Detection of phytotoxic compounds using stress-induced ethylene and ethane

L. E. Craker, J. E. Simon, D. R. Decoteau

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A simple bioassay for distinguishing chemical phytotoxicants has been developed. Plant seedlings were grown on an agar medium in test tubes for 6 or 8 days and then treated with a chemical solution. Phytotoxic chemicals induced production of stress-ethylene and ethane that could be collected in the test tube and quantitatively measured by gas chromatography. Bioassays were completed within 24 h.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Technology Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pollution


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