Copper toxicity

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Whitening of areas between veins of a mature leaf (J. O'Sullivan).  

Diagnostic summary

  • What you see on plants

- in mild cases, pale green to white chlorotic mottle on some mature leaves, with even minor veins remaining green.

- in more severe cases, stunted growth and poor root system, without yellowing or increased purple pigments.

  • Generally, occurs only on soils contaminated with sewage sludge, pig slurries, mine slag or persistent fungicide use.

Characteristics and occurrence


Confusion with other symptoms

Diagnostic tests




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