What common name for Brassica rapa?

R.G. Walters mbrgw at s-crim1.dl.ac.uk
Fri Jul 8 11:47:19 EST 1994

In article <2vjk8o$pp7 at crocus.csv.warwick.ac.uk> lsrei at csv.warwick.ac.uk (Dr S T May) writes:
>Oil seed rape is not Brassica rapa....it is Brassica napus

I bow to (anyone's) superior knowledge - but it seems strange that "rapa"
should not be the source of the name "rape".

>As an (extreme) hayfever sufferer who works on rape seed, I can personally
>put paid to the assertion (sometimes seen in the press) that oil seed rape
>is a non-specific allergen..that increases suffering in ALL hay fever
>cases and starts new ones in previous non-sufferers.
>The increase in hayfever is almost certainly due to increased pollution
>and not oil-seed rape...(especially car pollution).

I would tend to agree with this - despite being a (recent) hayfever sufferer,
I have felt no correlation with rape.  But that doesn't mean that it isn't
in part responsible for a rise in hayfever.

I must admit that I'm prejudiced against it because it is an outstandingly
ugly crop.

Robin Walters.                      Robert Hill Institute, Sheffield UK.

A fact is an opinion that everyone agrees with.

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