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Effect of habitat and age on variations in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from Quercus ilex and Pinus pinea.

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  • R. A. Street
  • S. Owen
  • S. C. Duckham
  • C. Boissard
  • CN Hewitt
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/1997
<mark>Journal</mark>Atmospheric Environment
Number of pages12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A dynamic branch enclosure was used to measure emission rates of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under field conditions from two common native Mediterranean species, Quercus ilex and Pinus pinea. In addition to α-pinene, β-pinene, sabinene, limonene and cineole, a suite of lesser known compounds were tentatively identified including cis- and trans-ocimene, cis- and trans-linalool oxide and sabinaketone. Emissions of isoprene from Quercus ilex were insignificant in comparison to those of the monoterpenes and were not detected from Pinus pinea. Variability in emission rates between two habitats, the forest and the dunes, were assessed for Quercus ilex. Temperature sensitivities of emissions and total summed emission rates from Quercus ilex were clearly related to environmental conditions. Emission rates from Pinus pinea showed great variability, but differences between normalised mean emission rates from mature forest and young plantation trees may be significant. Existing emission rate models were found to inadequately describe the observed data.