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International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops


22nd Task Force Meeting

of the ICP Vegetation

2nd – 5th February, 2009

Braunschweig, Germany


Conference Sessions and Presentations

Tuesday 3rd February, 2009

Session 1 Plenary Session                       Chair:  Jürgen Bender
  Carsten Thoroe, President of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (vTI) - Welcome
  Christian Grugel, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection - Welcome
  Matti Johansson - News from the Convention Secretariat
  Till Spranger - Report from the ICP Modelling and Mapping
  Marcus Schaub et al - Ozone concentration, exposures and visible injury on ICP Forests level II plots for 2000 - 2004
  Harry Harmens et al - An overview of the achievements of the ICP Vegetation in 2008
  Hans Weigel et al - Overview of research activities at the Institute of Biodiversity


Session 2

Plenary Session                     Chair:  Håken Pleijel

  Jürgen Franzaring et al - Establishing a European standard for biomonitoring - The grass culture method
Per Erik Karlsson et al - Ozone exposure and impacts on vegetation in the Nordic countries and Baltic States
  Patrick Büker et al - Impact of air pollution on crops in South Asia and southern Africa
  Dinesh Saxena et al - Monitoring of metal precipitation (2003-2007) by moss Barbula constricta from Mussoorie of Kumaon hills (Garhwal regions) of India (summary presented by Harry Harmens)


Session 3a

Ozone                                       Chair:  Jürg Fuhrer

  Seraina Bassin et al - Effects of combined ozone and nitrogen deposition on yield, species composition, and the performance of individual plant species of a sub-alpine pasture
Sally Power et al - How does resource availability affect plant response to ozone?
  Kirsten Wyness et al - Ozone and nitrogen controls on carbon allocation within two semi-natural plant species
  Ludger Grünhage et al - Ozone risk assessment for winter wheat at local scale: Evaluation of the UNECE flux approach


Session 3b

Heavy Metals                           Chair:  Ludwig De Temmerman

  Harry Harmens et al - Spatial and temporal trends in heavy metal accumulation in mosses in Europe (1990-2005)
Ilia Ilyin et al - Modelled EMEP heavy metal deposition vs moss measurements: Evaluation of spatial patterns and long-term temporal trends
  Winfried Schröder et al - Europe-wide analysis of factors influencing the spatial variation of cadmium, lead and mercury concentrations in mosses
  Sébastien Leblond - Biomonitoring of air quality - Procedure for passive biomonitoring of air quality using in situ mosses: from the collection to the preparation of sampling


Session 4a

Ozone                                             Chair:  Gina Mills

Jürg Fuhrer et al - Ozone flux in alpine grassland
  Patrick Büker et al - Development and provisional application of a multi-layer grassland flux model
  Felicity Hayes et al - A flux-effect relationship for above- and belowground impacts of ozone on two semi-natural grassland species
  Ignacio González Fernández et al - Modelling stomatal ozone flux of dehesa annual grasslands in central Spain


Session 4b

Heavy metals                               Chair:  Jesús Santamaria

Harry Harmens et al - Spatial trends in nitrogen concentrations in mosses across Europe in 2005/2006
  Harald Zechmeister et al - Total nitrogen content and δ15N signatures in moss tissue: Indicative value for nitrogen deposition patterns and source allocation on a nation-wide scale
  Karsten Mohr - Biomonitoring of nitrogen pollution with bryophytes - possibilities and limitations
  Willy Werner et al - Nitrogen concentrations and δ15N-ratios in epiphytic lichen Xantoria parietina in correlation to nitrogen deposition rates and δ15N-ratios of colonised tree bark
  Sébastien Leblond et al - Atmospheric deposition versus element concentration in mosses: case of nitrogen and other elements


Wednesday 4th February, 2009

Session 5a Ozone                                     Chair:  Gina Mills
  Gina Mills et al - Results of the bean experiment 2008 and preparations for the 2010 biomonitoring experiment, followed by discussion on the future ozone work programme


Session 5b

Heavy Metals                                 Chair:  Harry Harmens

Eiliv Steinnes et al - Strong and weak points of the moss biomonitoring technique for metal deposition studies as illustrated from 30 years experience in Norway
  Harry Harmens et al - Uncertainties in the European moss data and preparations for the 2010 moss survey, followed by discussions on the future heavy metals and nitrogen work programme


Session 6a

Ozone                                              Chair:  Patrick Büker

Håkan Pleijel et al. - Growth dilution/concentration effects of ozone and carbon dioxide on the content of starch, nitrogen, zinc, manganese and cadmium in wheat grain.
  Karine Vandermeiren et al. - Impact of tropospheric ozone on food and feed quality of Brassica species (OFFQ)
  Elmien Heyneke et al. - Interaction between SO2 fumigation and drought stress on growth, photosynthesis and symbiotic nitrogen fixation in soybean using an open-top chamber facility


Session 6b

Heavy Metals                                   Chair:  Winfried Schröder

Marina Frontasyeva et al. - Moss biomonitoring of long-lived radionuclides in Belarus: 20 years after Chernobyl
  Zdravko Spiric et al. - Moss biomonitoring of trace elements in Croatia
  Lotti Thöni et al. - Response of mosses to atmospheric deposition of eight metals in Bulgaria and Switzerland - surveys 1990-2005
  Ivan Suchara et al. -  Landscape factors significantly controlling element content distribution in mosses in the Czech Republic


Session 7

Plenary Session                              Chair:  Harry Harmens

Reporting back:  summary presentations on ozone and heavy metals/N
  ICP Vegetation work programme 2009-2011, including items common to all ICPs/Task Force on Health
  Collaboration with other relevant bodies/organisations such as Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen, Malé Declaration, TFIAM
  Conclusions and review of the 22nd Task Force Meeting