AN important exhibition illustrating the fungal diseases to which the Para rubber-tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is subject in Ceylon and Malaya was opened on March 10 in the Botany Department of the Imperial College of Science and Technology by the Marquess of Crewe in the presence of leading representatives of the rubber trade. The exhibition, which has been organised by Prof. J. B. Farmer, Director of the Biological Laboratories of the college, includes a large number of trunks of rubber-trees, specially shipped from the East, showing the diseases as they occur in the plantation, and forms a striking commentary on the optimism which obtained in the first years of the industry as to the probable relative immunity of Hevea from disease.
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SSRN Electronic Journal (2008)