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

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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.

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

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

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

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PLANT, W. Use of Lime and Sodium Molybdate for the Control of ‘Whiptail’ in Broccoli. Nature 165, 533–534 (1950) doi:10.1038/165533b0

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