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Main Title 1972 Survey and Assessment of Air Pollution Damage to Vegetation in New Jersey.
Author Pel, Eva J. ;
CORP Author Rutgers--The State Univ., New Brunswick, N.J. Dept. of Plant Biology.
Year Published 1973
Report Number EPA-68-02-0078; R5-73-022;
Stock Number PB-223 089
Additional Subjects ( Air pollution ; Agricultural economics) ; ( New Jersey ; Agricultural economics) ; Cost estimates ; Damage ; Losses ; Plant diseases ; Vegetable crops ; Fruit crops ; Oxidizers ; Ozone ; Peroxy esters ; Hydrogen fluoride ; Ethylene ; Sulfur dioxide ; Ammonia ; Organic nitrates ; Air pollution effects(Plants) ; Peroxyacetyl nitrate
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-223 089 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 44p
The economic impact of air pollution on vegetation in New Jersey was studied for a second year, from May 1972 through May, 1973. Direct losses to agronomic crops and ornamental planting were evaluated; crop substitution and indirect yield reduction were not accounted for. The total losses to these crops for 1972-73 amounted to $128,019. Forty-seven percent of the plant damage was caused by oxidants, 18% by hydrogen fluoride, 16% by ethylene, 4% by sulfur dioxide and 1% by anhydrous ammonia. Cumberland, Warren, Atlantic and Salem Counties sustained the greatest degree of injury. Damage reported in this survey was only 11% of that reported for 1971-1972 in New Jersey. (See PB-214 100). Reduced losses did not result from decreased air pollution concentrations but rather from altered environmental conditions. The unusual rainfall patterns in 1972 placed the plants under water stress and probably protected them from air pollution injury. The report also documents unknown problems, and assesses research needs. (Author)