Biological Effects of a Chemical Mutagen, Diepoxybutane, on Tomato

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Science  10 Jun 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3415, pp. 1732-1733
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3415.1732


Tomato seeds were treated with three concentrations of 1:2, 3:4-diepoxybutane. Seedling mutations were induced in high amounts with all doses, but other biological effects in the treated generation including delayed germination, chlorophyll-deficiency sectoring in the first true leaves, and failure of plants to bear fruit, were found only with the highest concentration. Neither a lethal nor a partially lethal dose was applied.