Ozone exposure-response relationships for biomass and root/shoot ratio of beech (Fagus sylvatica) , ash (Fraxinus excelsior) , Norway spruce (Picea abies) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Landolt, W.; Bühlmann, U.; Bleuler, P.; Bucher, J.B.

Environmental Pollution 109(3): 473-478


ISSN/ISBN: 0269-7491
PMID: 15092880
DOI: 10.1016/s0269-7491(00)00050-6
Accession: 049839652

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Current-year seedlings of beech, ash, Norway spruce and Scots pine were exposed during one growing season to different, but moderate, ozone (O(3)) scenarios representative for Switzerland (50, 85, 100% ambient, 50% ambient+30 nl l(-1)) in open-top chambers (OTCs) and to ambient O(3) concentrations in the field. Biomass significantly decreased with increasing O(3) dose in all species except for spruce. Losses of 25.5% (ash), 17.4% (beech), 9.9% (Scots pine) were found per 10 microl l(-1) h accumulated O(3) exposure over a threshold concentration of 40 nl l(-1) during daylight hours (AOT40). Ratios of root/shoot biomass (RSR) also significantly decreased with increasing AOT40 levels in beech and ash, but not in Norway spruce and Scots pine. The data show that the deciduous species beech and ash were more susceptible to O(3) with respect to RSR and biomass than the coniferous species Norway spruce and Scots pine.