Thursday, September 1, 2011

Acid rain on people and plants

In people, acid rain produces conditions in the respiratory system which can be very severe, but nor must we forget the trees and plants that are most affected by this problem.

Acid rain removes the protective wax that waterproofs leaves, hurting them and eliminating them, either, notably reducing the capacity to carry out photosynthesis, which can generate the death of the plant.
Nutrients are washed away, causing the deterioration of the leaves and defoliation in an indirect way.

The trees become more susceptible to attack by insects, fungi and diseases, that is achieved by acidification of the soil and the death of Mycorrhizae and micro-organisms essential to plant nutrition.