Lightning injury to herbaceous plants has been a phenomenon that has interested plant pathologists and growers alike for many years, and in 1918 the knowledge, then available on this subject, was well summarized by Jones and Gilbert. These authors note that while lightning injury is a frequent occurrence in potato fields, and less common in tobacco, cotton and sugar beet plantings, it has been rarely observed on other herbaceous crops: but one case of such injury to alfalfa, that of Sitensky in Europe, has been reported.
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Gilman, Joseph C.
"Lightning Injury to Alfalfa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 36(1), 125-126.
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