Effectiveness and efficiency of chemical mutagens in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp)

  • D Dhanavel
  • P Pavadai
  • L Mullainathan
  • D Mohana
  • G Raju
  • M Girija
  • C Thilagavathi
Keywords: Cowpea, mutagens, ethyl methane sulphonate, diethyl sulphate, sodium azide.


A study was undertaken in a cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) variety CO 6 to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of chemical mutagens; ethyl methane sulphonate (EMS), diethyl sulphate (DES) and
sodium azide (SA). EMS treatments were found highly effective than the other chemicals. Mutagenic effectiveness and efficiency decreased with increase in all mutagenic treatments.

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