||Programmable Exposure Control System for Determination of the Effects of Pollutant Exposure Regimes on Plant Growth.
Hogsett, W. E. ;
Tingey, D. T. ;
Holman, S. R. ;
||Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;Northrop Services, Inc., Corvallis, OR.
Plant growth ;
Air pollution ;
Automatic control equipment ;
Periodic variations ;
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A field-exposure research facility was constructed to provide a controlled environment to determine the influence of the various components of ozone exposure on plant response. The facility uses modified open-top chambers and an automated control system for continuous delivery and control of single or multiple pollutants over a growing season. The hourly ozone concentration in each chamber ranged from 2 to 12% of the requested concentration over a 174-day season. Initial studies with this facility compared the response of alfalfa and tall fescue growth to episodic and daily peak exposure profiles with equivalent integrated exposure indices over the growing season. Over the period of three cuttings (133 days) alfalfa growth was reduced more when exposed to the episodic profile than with the exposure regime of daily ozone peaks. Tall fescue growth was reduced only slightly over a period of three cuttings (90 days) when exposed to either regime.