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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL
Volume 7 (2007), Pages 37-46
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2007.53
Short Communication

Trend in Ambient Ozone and an Attempt to Detect Its Effect on Biota in Forest Ecosystem. Step I of Lithuanian Studies

1Lithuanian University of Agriculture, LT-53362 Kaunas dstr., Lithuania
2Institute of Physics, Savanoriu 231, LT-02300, Vilnius, Lithuania
3Vilnius University, Institute of Ecology, LT-08412, Vilnius, Lithuania

Received 27 September 2006; Revised 21 January 2007; Accepted 22 January 2007

Academic Editor: Andrzej Bytnerowicz

Copyright © 2007 Algirdas Augustaitis et al.

Abstract

The presented study aimed to explore the relationships between ambient ozone (O3) and tree defoliation, specific diversity, and abundance of soil microarthropods, stream macroinvertebrates, and small mammals (mainly rodents) in order to test the hypothesis that changes in the considered objects of the forest ecosystem could be related to changes in ambient O3, concentration of which is below critical level. The observations were carried out from 1994 at three integrated monitoring stations. The obtained data revealed that only peak O3 concentrations (from 125–215 μg·m-3) had significant effect on changes in the considered components of forest biota.