A fully randomized sampling design was adopted to test whether pollen viability of Austrian pine (Pinus nigra Arnold) was impacted by NO2 pollution. Spatial strata (500⁎500meach) with high (41.9–44.6 μg m−3) and low (15.4–21.0 μg m−3) NO2 were selected from a defined population in a small area (236.5 km2, b200 m range in elevation) in Northern Italy. Pollen viability was measured by means of the Tetrazolium (TTC) test. Analysis of variance by means of a generalised linear model showed that NO2 was a significant factor (P=0.0425) affecting pollen viability. Within the treatment, no significant differences were detected among replicates. Within each replicate, sampling unit data were significantly different (P=0.000) and this suggested some improvement in the applied sampling design was needed. Pollen viability was significantly related to pollen germination (Pb0.01) and tube length (Pb0.01). This suggested a possible impact of NO2 on the regeneration of Austrian pine in polluted environments.

Gottardini, E., Cristofori, A., Cristofolini, F., Maccherini, S., & Ferretti, M. (2008). Ambient levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) may reduce pollen viability in Austrian pine (Pinus nigre Arnold) trees - Correlative evidence from a field study. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 402, 299-305 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.04.048].

Ambient levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) may reduce pollen viability in Austrian pine (Pinus nigre Arnold) trees - Correlative evidence from a field study

MACCHERINI, SIMONA;
2008

Abstract

A fully randomized sampling design was adopted to test whether pollen viability of Austrian pine (Pinus nigra Arnold) was impacted by NO2 pollution. Spatial strata (500⁎500meach) with high (41.9–44.6 μg m−3) and low (15.4–21.0 μg m−3) NO2 were selected from a defined population in a small area (236.5 km2, b200 m range in elevation) in Northern Italy. Pollen viability was measured by means of the Tetrazolium (TTC) test. Analysis of variance by means of a generalised linear model showed that NO2 was a significant factor (P=0.0425) affecting pollen viability. Within the treatment, no significant differences were detected among replicates. Within each replicate, sampling unit data were significantly different (P=0.000) and this suggested some improvement in the applied sampling design was needed. Pollen viability was significantly related to pollen germination (Pb0.01) and tube length (Pb0.01). This suggested a possible impact of NO2 on the regeneration of Austrian pine in polluted environments.
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