Molybdenum (Mo) deficiency has not been reported under field conditions. Molybdenum deficiencies were induced under controlled greenhouse studies. Symptoms did not develop.
(Descriptions based on the book, Hunger Signs of Crops, 3rd Edition, edited by H.B. Sprague.) Under controlled greenhouse conditions, tobacco plants are slightly stunted when molybdenum is limited. The lower foliage of the plant develops a chlorosis, initially as a pale green, then the spots progress to a necrosis. The leaves may be crinkled and become bent or twisted.
Molybdenum is required is very low concentrations, so deficiencies under field conditions is unlikely.
The sufficiency range for molybdenum is between 0.2 and 1.0 ppm for burley tobacco. No range is provided for flue cured tobacco.
Josh Henry (NC State M.S. student in Horticultural Science), Paul Cockson (NC State B.S. student in Agroecology), Ingram McCall (Research Technician in Horticultural Science), Rhonda Conlon (Extension IT at NC State), Matthew Vann (Tobacco Extension Specialist, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences), and Brian Whipker (Professor of Floriculture and Plant Nutrition in Horticultural Science).
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2017
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