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The use of leaf characteristics of common oak (Quercus robur L.) to monitor ambient ammonia concentrations

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Biomonitoring of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) concentrations is generally performed with epi-phytic lichens, using species' abundances and/or nitrogen concentration as monitoring tools. However, the potential of leaf characteristics of trees to monitor the atmospheric NH3 concentration has remained largely unexplored. Therefore, we performed a passive biomonitoring study with common oak (Quercus robur L.) at 34 sampling locations in the near vicinity of livestock farms, located in Flanders (northern Belgium). We aimed at evaluating the potential of specific leaf area, leaf area fluctuating asymmetry, stomatal resistance, and chlorophyll content of common oak to monitor a broad range of NH3 concentrations (four-monthly average of 1.9-29.9 mu gm(-3)). No significant effects of ambient NH3 concentration on the abovementioned leaf characteristics were revealed. Probably, differences in climate, soil characteristics, and concentrations of other air pollutants and/or genotypes confounded the influence of NH3. Consequently, this study demonstrates the inability of using these morphological, anatomical, and physiological common oak leaf characteristics to monitor ambient NH3 concentration.
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NITROGEN DEPOSITION, FLUCTUATING ASYMMETRY, AIR-POLLUTION, STOMATAL CHARACTERISTICS, URBAN HABITAT QUALITY, LONG-TERM EXPOSURE, Stomatal resistance, Relative chlorophyll content, Fluctuating asymmetry, Passive biomonitoring, NH3 concentration, Specific leaf area, Common oak, ATMOSPHERIC NH3, POPLAR LEAVES, PLANT, STRESS

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Wuytack, Tatiana, Karen Verheyen, Karen Wuyts, Sandy Adriaenssens, Jeroen Staelens, and Roeland Samson. 2013. “The Use of Leaf Characteristics of Common Oak (Quercus Robur L.) to Monitor Ambient Ammonia Concentrations.” Water Air and Soil Pollution 224 (1).
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Wuytack, T., Verheyen, K., Wuyts, K., Adriaenssens, S., Staelens, J., & Samson, R. (2013). The use of leaf characteristics of common oak (Quercus robur L.) to monitor ambient ammonia concentrations. WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION, 224(1).
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Wuytack T, Verheyen K, Wuyts K, Adriaenssens S, Staelens J, Samson R. The use of leaf characteristics of common oak (Quercus robur L.) to monitor ambient ammonia concentrations. WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION. 2013;224(1).
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Wuytack, Tatiana, Karen Verheyen, Karen Wuyts, et al. “The Use of Leaf Characteristics of Common Oak (Quercus Robur L.) to Monitor Ambient Ammonia Concentrations.” WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION 224.1 (2013): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Biomonitoring of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) concentrations is generally performed with epi-phytic lichens, using species' abundances and/or nitrogen concentration as monitoring tools. However, the potential of leaf characteristics of trees to monitor the atmospheric NH3 concentration has remained largely unexplored. Therefore, we performed a passive biomonitoring study with common oak (Quercus robur L.) at 34 sampling locations in the near vicinity of livestock farms, located in Flanders (northern Belgium). We aimed at evaluating the potential of specific leaf area, leaf area fluctuating asymmetry, stomatal resistance, and chlorophyll content of common oak to monitor a broad range of NH3 concentrations (four-monthly average of 1.9-29.9 mu gm(-3)). No significant effects of ambient NH3 concentration on the abovementioned leaf characteristics were revealed. Probably, differences in climate, soil characteristics, and concentrations of other air pollutants and/or genotypes confounded the influence of NH3. Consequently, this study demonstrates the inability of using these morphological, anatomical, and physiological common oak leaf characteristics to monitor ambient NH3 concentration.},
  articleno    = {1356},
  author       = {Wuytack, Tatiana and Verheyen, Karen and Wuyts, Karen and Adriaenssens, Sandy and Staelens, Jeroen and Samson, Roeland},
  issn         = {0049-6979},
  journal      = {WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION},
  keyword      = {NITROGEN DEPOSITION,FLUCTUATING ASYMMETRY,AIR-POLLUTION,STOMATAL CHARACTERISTICS,URBAN HABITAT QUALITY,LONG-TERM EXPOSURE,Stomatal resistance,Relative chlorophyll content,Fluctuating asymmetry,Passive biomonitoring,NH3 concentration,Specific leaf area,Common oak,ATMOSPHERIC NH3,POPLAR LEAVES,PLANT,STRESS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {12},
  title        = {The use of leaf characteristics of common oak (Quercus robur L.) to monitor ambient ammonia concentrations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11270-012-1356-5},
  volume       = {224},
  year         = {2013},
}

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