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Journal : HortFlora Research Spectrum
Volume : Volume 4, Issue 3: September 2015
Page (s) : 185-191
Date of Publication
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Article Type : Full Length Original Article
Online : 17-Sep-2015
Air Pollution Tolerance of Ornamental Trees in an Industrial City
B. M. Bhardwaj* and Sukhdev Singh
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Deteriorating air quality is peril to human health in urban areas. Vehicular traffic is the major contributor to air pollution in cities. Street trees, being nearest to the source, can effectively reduce pollutants from ambient air. Pollution tolerant species can be more effective in this process with minimal physiological damage to their system. Pollution tolerance of the abundant street tree species in Ludhiana was studied and most of them were found to have intermediate tolerance. 17.27 per cent of the trees were tolerant and 20.4 per cent were sensitive. The most abundant species, Alstonia scholaris was sensitive to air pollution and can be used as indicator. More number of pollution tolerant species should be planted in industrial and commercial areas which have higher pollution load.

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Bhardwaj B. M. and Singh S. (2015). Air pollution tolerance of ornamental trees in an industrial city. HortFlora Res. Spectrum, 4 (3): 185-191
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