Role of simulated acid rain on Acer negundo and plant nitrition

Ying Lei Du, Christophe N. N'soukpoé-Kossi, Raymond Bélanger, Roge M. Leblanc

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The short-term effects of simulated acid rain on Acer negundo L. have been investigated using photoacoustic spectroscopy and modulated fluorescence measurements. Three seeding groups of Acer negundo L. were treated with simulated acid rain at pH 3.0, 4.5 and 5.6 levels for three months. The results indicated the photosynthetic activity, expressed in terms of normalized oxygen evolution signal, photochemical energy storage, normalized variable fluorescence (Fv/Fm), photochemical and non-photochemical chlorophyll fluorescence quenching, ranges in the order pH 4.5 > pH 3.0 > pH 5.6. This stimulation effect has been confirmed by increased growth rate observed in relation with increased acidity levels. The nutritional aspects of this favorable effect of the acid rain on plant growth were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-87
Number of pages8
JournalActa Botanica Sinica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Acer negundo
  • Modulated fluorescence
  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • Photochemical and non-photochemical chlorophyll fluorescence quenching
  • Photochemical energy storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry


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