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Peer-reviewed Article

Plant uptake of bromide following soil fumigation with methyl bromide


A. Lloyd Brown, UC Davis
Richard G. Burau, UC Davis
Roland D. Meyer, UC Davis
Dewey J. Raski, UC Davis
Stephen Wilhelm, UC Berkeley
James Quick, UC Davis

publication information

California Agriculture 33(4):11-13. April 1979.


Plants grown on soils that have been fumigated with methyl bromide usually show increased bromide concentrations. While there is a potential health hazard involved, particularly where animals consume the forage grown, this can be minimized by choice of crop and by monitoring the accumulation of bromide by plants.

author affiliations

A. Lloyd Brown is Specialist in the Experiment Station, UC, Davis; Richard G. Burau is Professor of Soil Science, UC, Davis; Roland D. Meyer is Extension Soil Specialist, UC, Davis; Dewey J. Raski is Professor of Nematology, UC, Davis; Stephen Wilhelm is Professor of Plant Pathology, UC, Berkeley; James Quick is Extension Technologist, UC, Davis.

author notes

The authors wish to thank the following for assistance in this research: Keith W. Bowers, L. Todd Browne, Arthur S. Greathead, James J. Kissler, Donald A. Luvisi, Vincent H. Schweers, William S. Seyman, Robert W. Sheuerman and Norman C. Welch, Farm Advisors in Napa, Fresno, Monterey, San Joaquin, Kern, Tulare, Santa Clara, Merced, and Santa Cruz counties, respectively; T. Hales and Lloyd M. Harwood, formerly Farm Advisors in Orange and Sonoma counties, respectively; Pat Hoffmann, formerly Laboratory Assistant, UC, Davis; Norman O. Jones, SRA, Department of Nematology, UC, Davis; Richard E. Pelton, SRA, Cooperative Extension; and Ronald E. Voss, Extension Vegetable Specialist.

The authors wish to acknowledge partial financial support from the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science.