The Clove Trees of the Seychelles

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1950
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Frances, M.L.
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When the symptoms of Sudden-death disease of cloves were being studied in Zanzibar and Pemba, a number of characters not typical of the average dicotyledon were observed. Although some of these abnormalities were of a type more usually associated with a diseased condition, they were found also in apparently healthy trees; the differences between healthy and suspect cloves being of degree only. (Sheffield, 1950.) It is highly probable that Sudden-death disease is infectious but, as yet, no diagnostic feature is known. We can only deduce that a tree is affected by the general decline in its health and its proximity to dead trees. (Nutman and Sheffield, 1949.) It is therefore impossible to say with complete certainty that any selected tree in these islands is healthy. It thus became desirable to visit some area in which cloves grow and where Sudden-death disease is unknown. The Seychelles were chosen, as being the most easily accessible from Zanzibar.
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East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal
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