Tradescantia-micronucleus assay for the assessment of the clastogenicity of Austrian water

Hans Steinkellner, Fekadu Kassie, Siegfried Knasmüller

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Seven water samples collected from Vienna and Salzburg areas in Austria were tested for their clastogenicity with the Tradescantia-micronucleus (Trad-MCN) assay. There was no indication of clastogenic activity in two drinking water samples; likewise, samples from two major rivers (Danube and Salzburg) and of a river that received effluents from a paper mill also gave negative results. Urban river water as well as ground water samples which were collected near an industrial waste dump site caused a statistically significant and dose dependent increase of the MCN frequencies. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalMutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 19 1999

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Funding Information:
This study was sponsored partly by the Austrian Ministry for Environment, Youth and Family, the Austrian Ministry for Health and Consumer Protection and the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry. The authors are thankful to Te-Hsiu Ma for continuous encouragement and discussion.


  • Clastogenicity
  • Tradescantia micronucleus assay
  • Water sample


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