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May 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 10)

114 Photos of Mineral Deficiencies in Plants

  • Seeing is understanding
  • Not very inspired
Remember the old TV show Dragnet, where Sgt. Joe Friday mono-toned, "just the facts, ma’am" to every woman he talked to about a crime? I felt the same way about the title of this site. Can there be any doubt what it is about? Just the facts. Well, the facts are that there are, indeed, 114 photos here, but one of the more interesting things about the site is that everything fits on one page AND the page with all 114 images is only about one megabyte in size. Looking through the listings, one can see images of plants with deficiencies in nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, and boron. One minor quibble— not all 114 photos depict mineral deficiencies. Some are healthy plants and a few are virally infected. Perhaps I’m too focused on the facts.
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