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The effect of detergent as polluting agent on the photosynthetic activity and chlorophyll content in bean leaves

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The paper investigates effects of detergent for domestic use on the photosynthetic activity and chlorophyll content in intact bean leaves. The plants were watered for 21 days with a solution of domestic washing powder of 0.60 g r/l. It was established that the activity of photosynthetic apparatus in the plant leaf PhACNorm [%] decreases exponentially with the length of plant treatment/watering. At the end of the treatment (21st day) the activity of photosynthetic apparatus in the dosed plant leaf was no more than 45% of that in control plant (those which were not watered with detergent solution). With increased plant treatment duration the changed chlorophyll concentration ΔChlNorm [%] rose non-linearly in plant leaves. The highest change ΔChlNorm [%] was observed on the 21st day and amounted to 12%.

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Jovanic, B. , Bojovic, S. , Panic, B. , Radenkovic, B. and Despotovic, M. (2010) The effect of detergent as polluting agent on the photosynthetic activity and chlorophyll content in bean leaves. Health, 2, 395-399. doi: 10.4236/health.2010.25059.

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