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Title: Can crops tolerate acid rain

This brief article describes work by scientists at the ARS Air Quality-Plant Growth and Development Laboratory in Raleigh, North Carolina, that indicates little damage to crops as a result of acid rain. In studies with simulated acid rain and 216 exposed varieties of 18 crops, there were no significant injuries nor was there reduced growth in most species. Results of chronic and acute exposures were correlated in sensitive tomato and soybean plants and in tolerant winter wheat and lettuce plants. These results suggest that 1-hour exposures could be used in the future to screen varieties for sensitivity to acid rain.
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OSTI Identifier:
6991557
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Agricultural Research (Beltsville, MD); (USA); Journal Volume: 37:11
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; ACID RAIN; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; CROPS; INJURIES; ACUTE EXPOSURE; CHRONIC EXPOSURE; GLYCINE HISPIDA; LETTUCE; PLANT GROWTH; SCREENING; SENSITIVITY; SIMULATION; TOLERANCE; TOMATOES; WHEAT; ATMOSPHERIC PRECIPITATIONS; CEREALS; FOOD; FRUITS; GRASS; GROWTH; LEGUMINOSAE; LILIOPSIDA; MAGNOLIOPHYTA; MAGNOLIOPSIDA; PLANTS; RAIN; VEGETABLES 560300* -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology; 540120 -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-); 010900 -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Environmental Aspects