Comparative study of viability measurement methods in crop plants

O. Gondor, T. Janda, G. Szalai

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The aim of the present study was to find the best way of measuring the viability of root and leaf samples from various plant species (pea, wheat and maize) exposed to different concentrations of the heavy metal Cd. A comparison was made of three viability tests, namely electrolyte leakage measurements, and TTC and NBT reduction. The results suggested that electrolyte leakage was the most useful method for measuring leaf viability, being simple, fast, reliable and reproducible. The TTC reduction measurement proved the most useful for maize roots, while NBT reduction was the best method for detecting the viability of pea and wheat roots.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalActa Agronomica Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2013


  • NBT
  • TTC
  • cadmium
  • conductivity
  • maize
  • pea
  • viability test
  • wheat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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