Abstract. Deuterium-labelled ABA-aldehyde was fed to various tomato genotypes. Normal and notabilis mutant plants incorporated substantial amounts of the label into ABA. In contrast, two ABA-deficient mutants, flacca and sitiens, reduced ABA-aldehyde to a mixture of cis- and trans-ABA alcohol rather than oxidizing it to ABA. It was concluded that ABA-aldehyde is the immediate precursor of ABA in higher plants. It appears that the flacca and sitiens lesions both act to block the last step of the ABA biosynthetic pathway. The mutant gene loci are likely to be involved in coding for different sub-units of the same dehydrogenase enzyme.