Aflatoxin b1—its effects on an in vitro plant system

M. McLean, M. F. Dutton, M. P. Watt, P. Berjak

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The phytotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) onin vitro cultures of differentiating calli and regenerating plantlets ofNicotiana tabacum were assessed. Callus appeared more sensitive to the effects of AFB1, with fresh mass accumulation and callus chlorophyll levels affected at low (approximately 0.5 µg/ml) aflatoxin concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy revealed early deteriorative alterations in chloroplast morphology. Inhibitory effects of the toxin (up to and including 10 µg/ml) on callus fresh mass accumulation were reversed following a 3 week toxin-free recovery period. In tobacco plantlets, root and leaf development, and root and leaf mass were significantly inhibited in a dose-dependent fashion with increasing AFB1 concentration above 0.5 µg/ml. Inhibitory effects on plantlet root development were more pronounced that on leaf development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-443
Number of pages9
JournalFood Additives and Contaminants
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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