Biomonitoring Hospital Effluents by the Allium cepa L. Test

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Hospital effluents are serious problems in developing countries like Brazil, and when not treated adequately, can cause mutagenic effects on live organisms. Biomonitors, like Allium cepa L., which is one of the most used plant species when monitoring effluent genotoxicity, have been used to alert the world population about environmental contamination and genotoxic chemical emissions. The Allium cepa test was used to evaluate the genotoxicity of a hospital effluent in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. During the study, chromosomal disruptions, anaphasic bridges, and micronuclei during telophase were observed, indicating environmental toxicity risk. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)590-592
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 05.2009

    Research areas

  • Chemistry
  • Allium cepa, Cell cycle, Genotoxicity, Hospital effluent, Toxicology