BOONE, N.C. — A study published June 28 in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene that examines global ozone pollution trends has worldwide implications for plants and key crops.
The research for the article, titled “Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report: Present-day tropospheric ozone distribution and trends relevant to vegetation,” was conducted by 24 international researchers, including Dr. Howard Neufeld, a professor in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University. Neufeld is a specialist in physiological plant ecology, plant–water relations, climate change and air pollution effects on plants.
The researchers anticipate their effort will provide scientists, regulators and policymakers with better insight about spatial and temporal variation that relate to climate change, human health and crops/ecosystems around the world. A summary of the study was published by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES).
Part of a series of papers summarizing tropospheric ozone trends worldwide, the study represents the first attempt to collate all the data on the Earth’s ozone from all of the available monitoring stations around the globe. The project is known as the Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR). So far, six other research papers have been published in the series, and Neufeld said several additional papers from other researchers may soon be included.
New study looks at global ozone pollution trends for plants and key crops
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