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Beryllium effects on potatoes and oats in acid soil

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The most likely means of Be entry into the food chain would appear to be via root, tuber, and forage crops grown on acid soils. Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) and oats (Avena sativa) were grown in greenhouse pots of a strongly acid soil treated with 0 to 300 ppm Be and 0 to 1000 ppm CaC03. Germination and yield decreased, and plant Be content increased, with increasing soil Be content. The Be content of the potato tubers appeared to be low and unaffected by the soil Be content. Liming the soil and increasing the time between Be contamination and crop planting lessened the effect of Be.

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Bohn, H.L., Seekamp, G. Beryllium effects on potatoes and oats in acid soil. Water Air Soil Pollut 11, 319–322 (1979).

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  • Lime
  • Food Chain
  • Crop Planting
  • Beryllium
  • Potato Tuber