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Pioneering experiments testing effects of greenhouse gases on crops

. Also next summer, eight more rings, including four experimental rings delivering carbon dioxide, will be placed among corn, which will be rotated into the 40 acres being used this year for soybeans.

Soybeans are sensitive to ozone. In August 1999, for instance, levels in central Illinois exceeded the crop threshold for damage on 28 days. Greenhouse experiments suggest a 50 percent loss in crop yield under constant 2050 levels. Greenhouse work has shown increases in yields under elevated carbon dioxide. This experiment, Long said, will provide insight as to what happens in real field conditions. Long, crop scientist Donald R. Ort and plant biologist Evan H. DeLucia head the project. Tim Mies, a research engineer in crop sciences who led the SoyFACE construction, is site manager. Tai Tran, an undergraduate student, designed the ozone system with a grant from the UI Environmental Council, a program that coordinates and supports environment-based research, teaching and public service.


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Contact: Jim Barlow
b-james3@uiuc.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2-Jul-2001


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