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, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 221–230 | Cite as

Zur Verwendung von Tabakpflanzen als Bioindikatoren waldschädlicher, photochemischer Immissionen

  • G. Braun

The use of tobacco plants as biological indicators of photochemical air pollution affecting forest-trees


In two Bavarian forests close to oil industries certain tobacco cultivars were exposed between May and October 1973 in order to test and proof photochemical air pollution. Especially in one of the both areas distinct damage markings on the leaves were visible, in agreement to those described by literature as typical symptoms of smog damage. The intensity of damages was not only different between the cultivars, but also especially significant higher on the plants exposed in the neighbourhood of industry than on those exposed in a more distant area. On the other hand it cannot be excluded, that the pattern of damage was a symptom of virus infection supported by the influence of air pollution. It is referred to the problematic use of tobacco plants as biologic indicators of air pollution, and in this connection it is further mentioned the great importance of our indigenous conifersPicea abies andPinus silvestris. For completion and better interpretation the experiment shall be repeated in summer 1974.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Braun
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  1. 1.Institut für ForstpflanzenzüchtungSamenkunde und Immissionsforschung der Forstlichen Forschungsanstalt München8 München 40

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