Swedes and Turnips

Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 7)


Swedes (Brassica napus var. napobrassica (L.) Rchb. syn. B. napus ssp. rapifera (Metzg.) Sinsk.) and turnips (Brassica rapa L. var. rapa L. syn. Brassica campestris ssp. rapifera (Metzg.) Sinsk.) are root crops which can be used for human or animal consumption. For example, in Scotland swede crops can be grazed in situ or lifted as required for housed stock throughout autumn and winter. Swedes are also the third most widely grown vegetable in Scotland, after vining peas and carrots, with production for supermarkets primarily handled by four large growers and packers.


Powdery Mildew Clubroot Resistance Crude Protein Level Scottish Crop Research Institute Total Glucosinolate Content 
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I wish to thank the editor, Dr. J.E. Bradshaw, for his comments and contributions to this chapter. I would also like to thank all those who have assisted me in my efforts over the last 40 years.


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