Phytotoxic risk assessment of ambient air pollution on agricultural crops in Selangor state, Malaysia

Ishii, S, Bell, J N and Marshall, F M (2007) Phytotoxic risk assessment of ambient air pollution on agricultural crops in Selangor state, Malaysia. Environmental Pollution.

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Abstract

The phytotoxic risk of ambient air pollution to local vegetation was assessed in Selangor State, Malaysia. The AOT40 value was calculated by means of the continuously monitored daily maximum concentration and the local diurnal pattern of O3. Together with minor risks associated with the levels of NO2 and SO2, the study found that the monthly AOT40 values in these peri-urban sites were consistently over 1.0 ppm.h, which is well in exceedance of the given European critical level. Linking the O3 level to actual agricultural crop production in Selangor State also indicated that the extent of yield losses could have ranged from 1.6 to 5.0% (by weight) in 2000. Despite a number of uncertainties, the study showed a simple but useful methodological framework for phytotoxic risk assessment with a limited data set, which could contribute to appropriate policy discussion and countermeasures in countries under similar conditions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Fiona Marshall
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:02
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 11:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23680
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