Radiobiological Damage: A New Class Identified in Barley Seeds Stored after Irradiation

Science  06 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3858, pp. 1142-1143
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3858.1142


A new class of radiobiological damage has been identified in irradiated barley seeds. Consisting of both physiological and genetic damage, it appears to be independent of oxygen and long-lived free radicals, and develops very slowly during storage after irradiation. Increasing the storage temperature accelerates its development.