Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Use of Lime and Sodium Molybdate for the Control of ‘Whiptail’ in Broccoli


IN the report in Nature1 on the occurrence of ‘whiptail’ in cauliflower in Great Britain, it was stated that this deficiency disease, attributable to molybdenum2,3, is endemic in south-eastern England. From observations and experiments carried out at this Station since 1947, ‘whiptail’ in cauliflower and broccoli is prevalent in most of the market-garden districts of the south of England and Wales, and particularly in the broccoli-growing areas of Cornwall. The problem occurs on acid soils, and a wide range of different parent materials is involved, including granite, Devonian shales and sandstones, Carboniferous Limestone and Lower Greensand.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Prices vary by article type



Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Jones, J. O., and Dermott, W., Nature, 165, 248 (1950).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  2. Davies, E. B., Nature, 156, 392 (1945).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Hewitt, E. J., and Jones, E. W., J. Pomology and Hort. Sci., 23, No. 3 and 4 (1947).

  4. Hewitt, E. J., and Jones, E. W., Ann. Rept. Long Ashton Res. Stat. 1948, 81 (1948).

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

PLANT, W. Use of Lime and Sodium Molybdate for the Control of ‘Whiptail’ in Broccoli. Nature 165, 533–534 (1950).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing