Skip to main content

Air Pollutants and Plant Response

Buy Article:

$21.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Prior to the early 1950's plant damage from air pollution in the eastern United States was only recognized around individual large emitters. The damage to vegetation was frequently severe over a limited area. Today most of these large source emitters have corrected their problem. However, now instead of limited areas showing severe injury to many plants, large areas showing injury to only the more sensitive plants occur. The pollutants that we are most concerned with now have their origin in combustion with sizable amounts of sulfur dioxide coming from the burning of coal, oil, and plant material. Nitrogen oxides are generated in the elevated temperatures produced by fires and unburned organic compounds escape into the atmosphere from all combustion sources. Of these pollutants SO2 may injure plants. In addition to these primary products of combustion, new compounds are formed in the sunlight from reactions (photochemical) that require energy from the sun to occur. From these reactions such compounds as ozone. PAN (peroxyacetylnitrate) and its analogues and perhaps other plant toxicants are formed. Each of these toxic compounds is injurious to certain sensitve plant species at very low concentrations and each toxic pollutant produces symptoms to certain plants that may be distingushed from the other pollutants. The number of plants affected by gases that have their origin in combustion are increasing with time and the area showing such injury is also expanding. Since these pollutants are dependent upon automoble exhaust and effluents from coal, oil, and rubbish burning, such pollutants will increase with our expanding population and industrial growth unless controlled.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Research Specialist, Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers--The State University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Publication date: 1967-06-01

More about this publication?
  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.675 (Rank 20/64 in forestry)

    Average time from submission to first decision: 39.6 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
    Forest Science
    Other SAF Publications
  • Submit a Paper
  • Membership Information
  • Author Guidelines
  • Podcasts
  • SAF Convention Abstracts
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more