source for silver thiosulfate

Eric Visser ericv at
Thu Jan 2 04:16:03 EST 1997

In article <5a7nqh$7p0 at>, hojoon at (Hojoon Choi) says:
>Hi netters?
>I would like to try an ethylene antagonist to plant tissue culture.
>I guess silver thiosulfate is one of the popular reagent, but
>I couldn't find the source to purchase.
>I would appreciate if you let me know the source for STS.
>Thanks in advance.
>hojoon at

There is no commercial source as far as I know. You can prepare it 
yourself by adding silver nitrate to a sodium thiosulphate solution.
Use demineralized water to prevent precipitation of AgCl. The ratio 
Ag to thiosulphate has to be 1:8, see references below. However, in 
our system (ethylene-induced adventitious rooting) silver did not work
well (damage to plant tissues). 1-aminoisobutyric acid (AIB) and amino-
ethoxyvinylglycine (AVG), which inhibit ACC conversion into ethylene, 
were much more specific in inhibiting ethylene reponses.

Veen & van de Geijn (1978) Planta 140:93-96
Knee (1992) Phytochemistry 31: 1093-1096
Visser et al. (1996) Journal of Experimental Botany 47: 403-410

Eric Visser
Dpt. of Ecology
University of Nijmegen
The Netherlands
ericv at

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