Soil Mineralogy as Factor in Spread of Fusarium Wilt of Banana

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Science  12 May 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3463, pp. 1483-1485
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3463.1483


A correlation is established between the spread of Fusarium wilt of banana and soil mineralogy. Montmorillonoid-type clay minerals occur in all soils in which disease spread is slow, but, with the exception of two soils, this group of minerals is absent in soils in which it is rapid.