The phytotoxicity of selected mycotoxins on mature, germinating Zea mays embryos

Michelle McLean*

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Mature maize (Zea mays) embryos were exposed to 5, 10 and 25 μg ml-1 of deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEA), ochratoxin A (OA) and a mixture of zearalenone and deoxynivalenol (ZEA/DON) for 9 days. DON and the ZEA/DON combination were consistently more inhibitory of the measured parameters than either ZEA or OA. Based on the predicted additive values, it would appear that, in combination, ZEA and DON act synergistically to inhibit root and shoot growth. For ZEA alone, a concentration of 5 μg ml-1 ZEA was generally inhibitory of root and shoot elongation and fresh mass accumulation, while at 10 and 25 μg ml-1, this toxin had a stimulatory effect on these parameters. For OA, the measured effects on root and shoot growth at 5 and 25 μg ml-1 were stimulatory, while at 10 μg ml-1 OA, an inhibitory effect was observed. For all toxins, inhibitory/stimulatory effects were generally more marked for root parameters than for shoot elongation or mass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes


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