HC Deb 10 December 1931 vol 260 c2090W

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many imported Dutch trees or shrubs on sale in auction markets have recently been condemned by his inspectors for disease; whether cases of rust in berberis aquifolia have been reported; if so, from what markets; and whether this disease in berberis is danger to wheat crops grown in this country?


Disease has been found recently on Dutch trees or shrubs on sale or intended for sale in auction markets at Bedford and Northampton: all the affected bushes were burned, but I regret that I am unable to state the precise number. In each case a species of rust was discovered on Berberis Aquifolium. Only in very rare cases does Berberis Aquifolium act as a host plant in one stage of the life history of one of the three rusts which attack wheat.

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