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At this workshop, results were presented of a series of open-top chamber experiments undertaken in 1987-8 in non-Mediterranean areas of Europe. The effects of ambient air pollution, ozone in particular, water stress, aphid infestation and air filtration, on crop parameters such as growth, yield and quality were investigated. Interacting factors make interpretation of data difficult but there are strong indications that ambient loads of atmospheric pollutants affect crop yield, and possibly quality, in many rural areas. At low concentrations of pollutants the chamber effect may be significant, even to the extent that extrapolation of results to the open field may not be possible and careful investigation of this issue is required. Important differences in pollution climate exist between OTC sites; formal links were set up with the European Pollution Climate Project. Research groups reported work with various plant species, usually selected on an agronomic basis. The advantages and feasibility of a centralised data handling system were discussed.

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Authors: BONTE J, Centre Départemental d'Études et de Recherches sur l'Environnement, Département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Lagor Mourenx (FR);MATHY P (EDITORS), CEC, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12228 EN (1989) MF, 178 pp., ECU 8, blow-up copy ECU 22.50
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Record Number: 198910876 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en