Comparison of calculated and measured foliar O3 flux in crop and forest species

Environ Pollut. 2007 Apr;146(3):640-7. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2006.04.014. Epub 2006 Jun 13.


We designed a new gas exchange system that concurrently measures foliar H2O, O3, and CO2 flux (HOC flux system) while delivering known O3 concentrations. Stomatal responses of three species were tested: snapbean, and seedlings of California black oak (deciduous broadleaf) and blue oak (evergreen broadleaf). Acute O3 exposure (120-250 ppb over an hour) was applied under moderate light and low vapor pressure deficits during near steady state conditions. The rate of stomatal closure was measured when the whole plant was placed in the dark. An adjacent leaf on each plant was also concurrently measured in an O3-free cuvette. Under some conditions, direct measurements and calculated foliar O3 flux were within the same order of magnitude; however, endogenously low gs or O3 exposure-induced depression of gs resulted in an overestimation of calculated O3 fluxes compared with measured O3 fluxes. Sluggish stomata in response to light extinction with concurrent O3 exposure, and incomplete stomatal closure likewise underestimated measured O3 flux.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Dioxide / metabolism
  • Crops, Agricultural / drug effects*
  • Crops, Agricultural / metabolism
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
  • Light
  • Oxidants, Photochemical / pharmacokinetics
  • Oxidants, Photochemical / toxicity*
  • Ozone / pharmacokinetics
  • Ozone / toxicity*
  • Phaseolus / drug effects*
  • Phaseolus / metabolism
  • Plant Leaves / drug effects
  • Plant Leaves / metabolism
  • Quercus / drug effects*
  • Quercus / metabolism
  • Seedlings / drug effects
  • Seedlings / metabolism
  • Water / metabolism


  • Oxidants, Photochemical
  • Water
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Ozone