- Diphenylindenone sulphonyl (Dis) esters of trichothecene mycotoxins when sprayed with sodium methoxide showed fluorescent spots on a thin layer of silica gel when viewed under long-wavelength UV light. The detection limit for trichothecene esters in thin-layer chromatography (TLC) was 20–25 ng per spot for T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin, diacetoxyscirpenol, T- 2 triol, T-2 tetraol and iso-HT-2 toxin. A quantitative high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) analysis of Dis-trichothecene esters was also developed using UV detection at 278 nm. The detection limit for the above esters varied between 30 and 50 ng per injection. This sensitive TLC—HPLC method is very useful for in vivo pharmacokinetic analyses of trichothecenes.