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Ca deficiency in burley tobacco is not common but sometimes occurs when soil exchange capacities and/or Ca saturation levels are low. Such conditions are most likely to occur in sandy soils with low pH. Ca deficiency symptoms first appear in the upper or youngest leaves because Ca is immobile within the plant. Typically, symptoms begin in the bud with the development of a pale green color, followed by rolling and downward curing of the new leaves. As the deficiency becomes more acute, dead or necrotic areas develop at tips and along edges of leaves. Under extreme deficiencies, the terminal bud eventually dies. Lower and middle leaves of Ca deficient plants may develop a darker a darker than normal green color.
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Kingdom: Other damage agents
Phylum: Other damage agents
Class: Other damage agents
Order: Abiotic
Family: Nutrient deficiency
Subject: calcium deficiency


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Monday, May 16, 2011