Reduction of stem growth and site dependency of leaf injury in Massachusetts black cherries exhibiting ozone symptoms
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Leaf ozone symptoms in natural ecosystems are increasingly reported but ozone effects on tree growth and the mediation of site conditions are still little documented. This study tests two hypotheses: (1) leaf injury in black cherry is associated with decline in radial growth, (2) symptoms are more prevalent on mesic sites. On sites supporting black cherry across Massachusetts, tree growth and leaf ozone injury were surveyed in 1996 using a randomized plot network established in the 1960s. Forty-seven percent of 120 trees sampled for ozone symptoms were symptomatic with generally low levels of injury. Over a 31-year period symptomatic trees had 28% lower stem growth rates than asymptomatic trees. Ozone symptom expression was enhanced in well growing stands on moister, cooler and more elevated sites. Ozone appeared to increase environmental stress and had a more pronounced effect on growth in better growing black cherry stands. This complicates management decisions as thinning increases growth and moisture availability.
Vollenweider, P; Woodcock, H; Kelty, MJ; and Hofer, RM, "Reduction of stem growth and site dependency of leaf injury in Massachusetts black cherries exhibiting ozone symptoms" (2003). ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION. 251.