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The use of light and electron microscopy to assess the impact of ozone on Norway spruce needles

Author:
  • M Kivimäenpää
  • Anna Maria Jönsson
  • Ingrid Stjernquist
  • G Sellden
  • S Sutinen
Publishing year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 441-453
Publication/Series: Environmental Pollution
Volume: 127
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional info: The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Plant Ecology and Systematics (Closed 2011) (011004000), Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science (011010000)

Abstract english

Light (LM) and transmission electron (TEM) microscopy were used to study previously specified ozone symptoms in the foliage of Norway spruce. The three youngest green needle generations from twenty mature trees in two stands on sites of different soil fertility at Asa, southern Sweden, were sampled in 1999. The critical dose of ozone, expressed as AOT40, was 6362 ppb.h. LM showed ozone-specific symptoms: decreased chloroplast size with electron dense stroma advancing gradually from the outer to the inner cell layers, being most severe in the needle side facing the sky. The symptoms were expressed as ozone syndrome indices at the needle generation, tree and stand levels. The index had higher values at the low fertility site. TEM was used to confirm the LM results. The study shows that LM can be used for diagnosis of the impact of ozone on conifers in the field.

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  • Ecology

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  • ISSN: 0269-7491
E-mail: anna_maria [dot] jonsson [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

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