A decline in nitrogen availability affects plant responses to ozone

Douglas G. Bielenberg, Jonathan P. Lynch, Eva J. Pell

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The effects are presented here of a decline in nitrogen (N) availability on ozone (O3)-induced accelerated foliar senescence during the growing season in a hybrid poplar. Cuttings of Populus trichocarpa x maximowizii were grown in sand culture where N supply to the plant could be controlled on a daily basis and reduced in half of the plants when desired. All plants received charcoal-filtered air; half also received supplemental O3. Ozone and N withdrawal both reduced plant growth. Plants grown in both N treatments displayed leaf senescence and abscission in response to O3, but leaf abscission in the N-withdrawal treatment was approximately double that of the constant-N treatment. Ozone had differential effects on light-saturated net photosynthesis (Asat) and total soluble protein in the younger and older foliage depending on N treatment. A decline in N availability increased the rate of O3-induced accelerated senescence and was associated with plant size and possibly continued active growth. Compensatory responses of young leaves to O3 exposure only occured when N availability to the plant declined and O3-induced accelerated senescence was most severe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-425
Number of pages13
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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