Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

, Volume 62, Issue 3–4, pp 227–232 | Cite as

Response of Picea abies (L.) Karst. Provenances to sulphur dioxide and aluminum: A pilot study

  • T H. Geburek
  • F. Scholz
Special Section Genetic Aspects of Air Pollution


Seedlings of six Picea abies provenances were exposed to Al, SO2 and A1+SO2 for 12 weeks. A molaric Ca/Al ratio of 0.05 was chosen by using 1.68 mM Al. On the average, concentration of SO2 was 335 μg m−3. Shoot and root growth were measured and needle discoloration was scored for different pollution regimes. Plant response to different environmental stresses differed significantly among the provenances used and showed marked provenance x treatment interactions. It is noteworthy that the high intraspecific variation of the traits investigated could cause misleading conclusions in nongenetic studies if inappropriate plant material is employed.


Ozone Root Growth Sulphur Dioxide Shoot Growth Forest Tree Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T H. Geburek
    • 1
  • F. Scholz
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ForestryLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  2. 2.Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest ProductsInstitute of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree BreedingGrosshansdorf 2Germany

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