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Seedlings of 44 tomato strains were screened in low (16.5 mg/plant) Ca nutrient solutions. Tolerance to low Ca was rated according to plant appearance and efficiency ratios, i.e., tissue produced (g) per unit of Ca (mg) in the tissue. Correlations among various symptom ratings and Ca-efficiency ratios for roots, stems and petioles, and laminar tissue showed that only 1 deficiency symptom and dry weight or 1 symptom and 1 efficiency ratio were necessary to rank plants. These methods showed that Plant Introductions (PI) 340909, 341984, and 341988 (all L. esculentum) were Ca-inefficient, whereas PI 205040 (L. esculentum cv. Yellow Peach) and PI 129021 (L. esculentum × L. pimpinellifolium) were Ca-effi-cient. Differences in efficiency were maintained when these selections were grown with higher Ca concentrations.

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