Maleic hydrazide residues in tobacco and their toxicological implications

  • Susan A. Meyer
  • T. J. Sheets
  • H. Seltmann
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 98)


Tobacco growers removethe inflorescence of tobacco plants, referred to as topping, to increase yield and leaf quality and, hence, grower profits (Seltmann 1970; Steffens and Seltmann 1982). Topping, however, removes the source of apical dominance in the plant; and axillary buds, or suckers, then develop and grow profusely (Decker and Seltmann 1971). The benefits of topping can only be achieved if suckers are removed or their growth restricted (Seltmann 1970; Steffens and Seltmann 1982).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan A. Meyer
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. J. Sheets
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Seltmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Pesticide Residue Research LaboratoryNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Rockefeller University HospitalNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service and Department of BotanyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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