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VIOLET ROOT-ROT.

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VIOLET ROOT-ROT. This disease was recognised and described 4iearly two hundred years ago as the cause of serious injury to the saffron industry in France. In this country the rot (Rhizoctonia) has a spe- cial predilection for lucerne; clover, carrots, beet, mangold, and potatoes sometimes all suffer severely, and most frequently when they follow lucerne, which appears, says a Board of Agriculture leaflet, to attract the stray myce- lium of the fungus present in the soil. The dis- ease is readily recognised by the bright colour of the mycelium of the fungus, which varies from rose, with a tinge of purple, to a deep brownish purple when old. The mycelium at first spreads as a delicate, much-branched net- work over the surface of the root or tuber, and finally forms dense patches, or covers the entire surface with a compact felt. As a rule the fun- gus confines its attacks to underground parts of the plant, but when the weather is continu- ously damp and dull the mycelium sometimes extends up the stem, and even passes on to the leaves and fruit. The first sign of disease is the drooping and yellowing of the foliage the presence of violet mycelium on the surface of a carefully removed root proves the fact.

MANAGEMENT OF COWSHEDS. I

GRAZING PASTURES. I

INSECT PESTS.

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A HOLIDAY IN TYROL.

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KILLED .BY A STICK. ,I

I AN TINACOOTTNTABI.'E MISHAP.…

NO "ONE MAN ONE DRINK." I

.DUKES -FUNERAL. I

IWAR STORES SCANDAL.

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| FATAL ELECTRIC SHOCK.

SOURCES OF INFECTION.

AMOUNT OF INJURY. v

ICENTENARIAN ON SIMPLE LIFE.

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TREASURE HUNTERS.

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