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Seedling Responses of Five Species of Western Conifers to Simulated Ambient Sulfur Dioxide ExposuresAuthor(s): Theodor D. Leininger; Paul R. Miller; Susan L. Schilling; Paul H. Dunn
Source: For. Science, Vol. 37, No. 6. PP. 1538-1549
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionSeedlings of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir were exposed continuously to charcoal-filtered (CF) air or one of three levels of a simulated ambient exposure typical of SO, pollution near smelters in the western United States. Seedlings were exposed during winter-spring experiments for 60 days to hourly means of 17, 38, and 54 ppb in 1988 and 35, 57, and 99 ppb in 1989. Sensitivities of species to SO, were determined from height growth, diameter growth, root, stem, and needle weights, and from foliar injury. Ponderosa pine in allSO2treatments in 1989 had decreased diameter growth and decreased needle weights compared with those in CF air. In 1989, average diameter growth of Douglas-fir in ail SO, treatments was less than those in CF air. Diameter growth and needle weights of ponderosa pine were correlated in all SO, treatments and CF air. Diameter growth and needle weights of Douglas-fir were correlated in all SO, treatments. Tip necrosis of needles occurred on a larger proportion of seedlings of all species in high SO, than on those in CF air. Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir were about equally sensitive to SO, and both were more sensitive than white fir. White fir was more sensitive to SO, than Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir which were equally unresponsive to SO.
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CitationLeininger, Theodor D.; Miller, Paul R.; Schilling, Susan L.; Dunn, Paul H. 1991. Seedling Responses of Five Species of Western Conifers to Simulated Ambient Sulfur Dioxide Exposures. For. Science, Vol. 37, No. 6. PP. 1538-1549
KeywordsPonderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fur.
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