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Diagnosis and correction of soil nutrient problems of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania

  • J. B. Smithson (a1), O. T. Edje (a1) and K. E. Giller (a2)

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Stages in the diagnosis of an interveinal leaf chlorosis in bean in the Usambara Mountains of northern Tanzania are described. Leaf tissue analysis, soil analysis, a 25 factorial trial with treatments of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, the trace elements copper and zinc and lime at one location and data from a series of 43 factorial trials of N, P and K demonstrated the leaf condition to be due to potassium deficiency. Large growth and yield responses to N, P and K were recorded. The responses were accompanied by greater numbers of pods and seeds/pod. The application of N and K increased leaf concentrations of the respective elements but depressed the concentrations of other major and minor elements in leaves. There were no effects of trace elements or lime.

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Diagnosis and correction of soil nutrient problems of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania

  • J. B. Smithson (a1), O. T. Edje (a1) and K. E. Giller (a2)

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