Ozone in High Concentrations as Cause of Tobacco Leaf Injury

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Science  23 Jan 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3343, pp. 208-210
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3343.208


Evidence obtained by means of rubber strip tests and an ozone recorder indicates the presence of abnormal concentrations of ozone in the atmosphere at times. Excellent correlation was obtained between appearance of "weather fleck" in tobacco and high values for ozone. The great similarity between lesions occurring naturally and those produced by ozone in chambers also indicates that ozone is the probable inciting agent of weather fleck. Varietal differences exist. Study of stomatal action helped to explain variation in leaf injury.