Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Leo C. Vander Beek
Dr. Richard Brewer
Dr. Richard W. Pippen
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The fact that large quantities of detergents daily are being added to our water table and the appearance of billows of foam at the shores of many inland bodies of water have caused alarm among biologists and sanitation engineers. However, few observations of the effects of synthetic detergents on living organisms other than bacteria have been recorded.
The purpose of these studies was (1) to determine the effects of several commercial non-biodegradable detergents, Tide, Dreft, and Alconox, and one biodegradable detergent, Living, upon the germination and root elongation of seeds of a monocotyledon, barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and a dicotyledon, cucumber (Cucumis sativa L.), and (2) to determine the effects of detergents solutions that were first filtered through several different kinds of soils or other substances upon these species.
Mudd, "Studies on the Effects of Commercial Detergents on Cucumber and Barley" (1966). Master's Theses. 4447.