Plant Injury by Air Pollutants: Influence of Humidity on Stomatal Apertures and Plant Response to Ozone

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Science  14 Mar 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3872, pp. 1209-1210
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3872.1209


Ozone injury to Bel W3 tobacco and pinto bean plants increases with increasing humidity. The degree of plant injury sustained correlates well with porometer measurements; this indicates that the size of stomatal apertures increases with increasing humidity. Humidity may therefore influence plant response to all pollutants and may account in part for the greater sensitivity of plants to ozone-type injury in the eastern United States compared with the same species of plants grown in the Southwest. with those grown in the Southwest.

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