Are mediterranean plant species likely to have a distinctive response to SO2 pollution?

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There has been very little research on the response to SO2 of plants which grow in Mediterranean climates; the vast majority of research has been on plants grown in cooler, moister climates. Vegetation grown in a Mediterranean climate, however, possesses certain biological features that enable success in such a climate; evidence presented suggests that the vegetations' response to SO2 may be different from that of other vegetation types. More particularly, as a most distinctive feature common to plants grown in Mediterranean climates is their drought stress resistance, it is possible that common mechanisms underlie the resistance of both drought stress and SO2 stress; this is explored at a theoretical level. As a consequence of biological differences, extrapolation from studies on plant species successful in cool, moist climates may be inappropriate in predicting the response to SO2 of Mediterranean climate vegetation; this has important implications for policy formulation and the development of Air Quality Standards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-93
Number of pages23
JournalAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1995


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