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


  • Clastogenicity
  • Tradescantia micronucleus assay
  • Water sample

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