The Effect of SO2 on Photosynthesis and Stomatal Behavior of Mediterranean-Climate Shrubs and Trees

  • W. E. Winner
Part of the Tasks for Vegetation Science book series (TAVS, volume 4)


Air pollutants are known to have detrimental effects on the productivity of agricultural crops (e.g., Manning, Feder 1976) and native ecosystems (e.g., Miller, McBride 1975; Winner, Bewley 1978a,b; Winner et al. 1978; Kozlowski 1980) throughout the world. The vast majority of reports show that air pollutants decrease plant productivity. The few reports of stimulated growth due to air pollutants represent studies with agricultural crops (e.g., Bennett et al. 1974). Such growth stimulation of natural systems by air pollutants are not known to occur; but if they did would represent examples of eutrophication, which is a serious environmental problem usually associated with waterways.


Stomatal Conductance Vapor Pressure Deficit Deciduous Species Evergreen Species Evergreen Shrub 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. E. Winner
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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