7.01.02 - Genetic, biochemical and physiological processes



International Conference on Ozone and Plant Ecosystems - Pre-Registration is open!

Florence, Italy; 21-25 May 2018. Units involved: 7.01.00, 7.01.02, 7.01.05.

Ozone pollution continues to be a serious issue for terrestrial ecosystems and plant health. Progress has been achieved by controlling the emission of precursors in some areas of the world, but much remains to be done. This conference will allow all experts in the interactions between ozone and plant ecosystems to meet and discuss the state of the art and the strategies for continuous improvements.


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Zhaozhong Feng, China


Rakefet David-Schwartz, Israel

Elina Oksanen, Finland

Marjana Westergren, Slovenia

About Unit

Sharing the present knowledge on the effects of anthropogenic pollution on forest trees and ecosystems (natural, managed, tree plantations) represents the primary aim of this working group in order to locate research needs and stimulate novel research concepts and activities.
Risk assessment is to be consolidated on a mechanistic basis. To this end, structural and functional clarification of stress response is to guide cause/effect scaling within trees (relating molecular regulation to biochemical/physiological processes) and towards the stand, ecosystem/landscape and regional/global level.
Hereby, abiotic and biotic interactions, i.e. between pollutants and climatic and edaphic factors, as well as competitors, pathogens/endophytes, herbivores and soil microorganisms (incl. mycorrhizae) demand for particular attention.
Knowledge on "mechanisms of action" of pollutants and of plant performance is to be examined for "indicator development" and usability for differential stress diagnosis.
The significance of pollution as a component of climate change and impact factor on global resource cycling, with consequences for carbon sequestration of forest ecosystems, production efficiency of renewable, biogenic resources, and hence, post-Kyoto policies, requires increasing awareness in research.
Focus is to be directed, therefore, not only on industrialized, but increasingly also on industrially developing regions of the world (e.g. East Asia, South America and Africa).

See also pictures about related work: Fig. 1-3, Fig. 4-7, Fig. 8-9, Fig. 10, Fig. 11, Fig. 12-13

For proposed future research see: State-of-knowledge reports.

State of Knowledge

New literature since 2008 (doc)


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DOMINGOS M, KLUMPP A, RINALDI MCS, MODESTO IF, KLUMPP G, DELITTI WBC. 2003. Combined effects of air and soil pollution by fluoride emissions on Tibouchina pulchra Cogn., at Cubatão, SE Brazil, and their relations with aluminium. Plant and Soil 249: 297–308.

FORTI MC, BOUROTTE C, DE CICCO V, ARCOVA FCS, RANZINI M. 2007. Fluxes of solute in two catchments with contrasting deposition loads in Atlantic Forest (Serra do Mar/SP-Brazil). Applied Geochemistry 22:1149–1156.

FOWLER D et al. (2008) Ground-level ozone in the 21st century: future trends, impacts and policy implications. The Royal Society, Science Policy Report 15/08, pp. 148

FURLAN CM, DOMINGOS M, SALATINO A. 2007. Effects of initial climatic conditions on growth and accumulation of fluoride and nitrogen in leaves of two tropical tree species exposed to industrial air pollution. Science of the Total Environment 374: 399–407.

FURLAN CM, MORAES RM, BULBOVAS P, SANZ MJ, DOMINGOS M, SALATINO A. 2008. Tibouchina pulchra (Cham.) Cogn., a native Atlantic Forest species, as a bio-indicator of ozone: Visible injury. Environmental Pollution 152: 361-365.

KARNOSKY, D.F., PREGITZER, K.S., ZAK, D.R., KUBISKE, M.E., HENDREY, G.R., WEINSTEIN, D. AND NOSAL, M., PERCY, K.E. 2005. Scaling ozone responses of forest trees to the ecosystem level in a changing climate. Plant Cell and Environment 28: 965-981.

KARNOSKY, D.F., SKELLY, J.M., PERCY, K.E., CHAPPELKA, A.H. 2007. Perspectives regarding 50 years of research on effects of tropospheric ozone air pollution on US forests. Environmental Pollution 147, 489-506.

KARNOSKY, D.-F., WERNER, H., HOLOPAINEN, T., PERCY, K., OKSANEN, T., OKSANEN, E., HEERDT, C., FABIAN, P., NAGY, J., HEILMAN, W., COX, R., NELSON, N., MATYSSEK, R., 2007. Free-Air Exposure Systems to Scale up Ozone Research to Mature Trees. Plant Biology 9, 181-190.

KLUMPP G, FURLAN CM, DOMINGOS M, KLUMPP A. 2000. Response of stress indicators and growth parameters of Tibouchina pulchra Cogn. exposed to air and soil pollution near the industrial complex of Cubatão, Brazil. The Science of the Total Environment 246: 79-91.

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MATYSSEK R, SANDERMANN H (2003) Impact of ozone on trees: an ecophysiological perspective. Progress in Botany 64, Springer Verlag Heidelberg, pp. 349-404

MATYSSEK R, BYTNEROWICZ A, KARLSSON P-E, PAOLETTI E, SANZ M, SCHAUB M, WIESER G (2007) Promoting the O3 flux concept for European forest trees. Environmental Pollution 146:587-607.

MATYSSEK R., SANDERMANN H., WIESER G., BOOKER F., CIESLIK S., MUSSELMAN R., ERNST D. (2008) The challenge of making ozone risk assessment for forest trees more mechanistic. Environmental Pollution 156: 567-582.

MATYSSEK R, BAHNWEG G, CEULEMANS R, FABIAN P, GRILL D, HANKE DE, KRAIGHER H, OßWALD W, RENNENBERG H, SANDERMANN H, TAUSZ M, WIESER G (2007) Synopsis of the CASIROZ case study: Cabon sink strength of Fagus sylvatica L. in a changing environment - Experimental risk assessment of mitigation by chronic ozone impact. Plant Biology 9:163-180.

MATYSSEK R (ed.) 2007. Ozone sensitivity of adult forest trees. Plant Biology 9 (special issue), pp. 163-356

MORAES RM, DELITTI WBC, MORAES JAPV. 2003. Gas exchange, growth, and chemical parameters in a native Atlantic forest tree species in polluted areas of Cubatão, Brazil. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 54: 339–345.

PAOLETTI, E., 2006. Impact of ozone on Mediterranean forests: A review. Environmental Pollution 144, 463-474.

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SANDERMANN H., WELLBURN A.R., HEATH R.L. 1977.  Forest decline and ozone: a comparison of controlled chamber and field experiments. Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, Ecological Studies, Vol. 127, 400p.

SANDERMANN H, MATYSSEK R (2004) Scaling up from molecular to ecological processes. In: Sandermann H (ed.) Molecular Ecotoxicology of Plants. Ecological Studies 170, Springer Verlag, pp. 207-226

WIESER G, TAUSZ M (eds.). 2006. Proceedings on the workshop: Critical levels of ozone: further applying and developing the flux-based concept. BFW, Wien, 392p.

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WIESER G, TAUSZ M. 2007. Critical levels for ozone effects on vegetation: further applying and developing the flux concept. Environmental Pollution (special  issue) 146: 577-770.

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