Hormesis - The Stimulation Of Growth By Low-Levels Of Inhibitors

Stebbing, ARD 1982 Hormesis - The Stimulation Of Growth By Low-Levels Of Inhibitors. Science of the Total Environment, 22 (3). 213 - 234. https://doi.org/10.1016/0048-9697(82)90066-3

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Hormesis is the name given to the stimulatory effects caused by low levels of potentially toxic agents. When this phenomenon was first identified it was called the Arndt-Schulz Law or Hueppe's Rule, because it was thought to occur generally. Although this generalisation is not accepted today, there has never been more evidence in its support, justifying a re-examination of the phenomenon. Evidence from the literature shows that not only has growth hormesis been observed in a range of taxa after exposure to a variety of agents, but also that the dose-response data have a consistent form. While there are a number of separate hypotheses to explain specific instances of hormesis, the evidence presented here suggests that different examples might have a common explanation, and the possibility of a general theory is considered.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
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Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2739

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