Observations on the effect of molybdenum on plants with special reference to the solanaceae

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Warington, K. 1937. Observations on the effect of molybdenum on plants with special reference to the solanaceae. Annals of Applied Biology - AAB. 24 (3), pp. 475-493. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7348.1937.tb05848.x

AuthorsWarington, K.

In view of the similarity between certain cytological changes induced by virus disease and treatment with molybdenum, pot-and water-culture experiments were carried out to determine further the effect of this element on plant growth. Sodium molybdate was used throughout. 2 Toxic symptoms were produced with the larger dressings of molybdate, injury being shown at much lower concentrations in solanaceous species than in barley. 3 The shoots of tomato and Solanum nodiflorum turned a golden yellow, and potato tubers a reddish yellow colour when the plants were grown with the larger quantities of molybdate. 4 These colour changes were shown to be due to the presence of yellow globules of a tannin-molybdenum compound which had formed within the tissues. 5 Blue granular accumulations occurred in large numbers in molybdenum-treated plants. Their distribution was confined to tissues that contained anthocyanin pigment, and their composition was apparently of an anthocyanin-molybdenum nature.

Year of Publication1937
JournalAnnals of Applied Biology - AAB
Journal citation24 (3), pp. 475-493
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7348.1937.tb05848.x
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