Impact of Air Pollutants on Plants in Hot, Dry Climates

  • G. Schenone
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 16)


The responses of plants to gaseous air pollutants are known to be influenced by the prevailing exposure conditions, which are largely dependent on climate. In addition, the climate may modify the air pollution pattern of a site by influencing the dispersion mechanisms and photochemical reactions which may lead to highly phytotoxic secondary pollutants, like ozone (O3). For these reasons the concept of pollution climate or chemical climate has been introduced. This paper briefly outlines some characteristics of the chemical climate in hot dry places, with especial emphasis on photochemical pollution. The effects of temperature and water stress on the response of plants to air pollutants are then considered, and a short review of the literature on the impact of air pollutants on plants in desert, tropical and mediterranean environments is presented.


Hibiscus Cannabinus Severe Water Stress Coastal Sage Scrub Santa Monica Mountain Fumigation Experiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Schenone
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Terrestrial Ecology ENELSpA-CRTNMilanItaly

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