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Tar spot fungi

Observed: 14th August 2012 By: kjn32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
kjn32’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
tar spot fungi
Description:

sycamore leaves with black spots on tree growing alongside a fairly busy road in an outer London suburb

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Tar spot fungi (Rhytisma acerinum) interacts

Comments

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Tar spot is sensitive to SO2,

Tar spot is sensitive to SO2, so there could be a lot of other pollutants by the road, especially oxides of nitrogen and maybe ozone, but these would not affect tar spot. (I think.)

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Thank you. I knew tar spot

Thank you. I knew tar spot fungi was used in the opal air quality survey but wasn't sure quite what pollution it was sensitive to.