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.

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

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

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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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