Beryllium and the Growth of Bush Beans

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Science  09 Mar 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3506, pp. 786-787
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3506.786


Beryllium in nutrient solution inhibited the growth of bush beans. The initial symptom was retarded root development. Although severe stunting of plants occurred, the foliage retained normal color. Roots accumulated beryllium. Increased beryllium concentrations decreased calcium in roots, stems, leaves, and fruits, and also decreased magnesium in roots and stems. Phosphorus was slightly increased in stems, leaves, and fruit.