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How does the ozone layer effect plants? and why is it an issue in Florida?


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Because the ozone layer is depleting, increased ultraviolet radiation from the sun is a concern for increased incidence of skin cancer in humans, and other problems. The following should be helpful:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_depletion

The effects upon plants are under study but the increased UV rays could harm DNA in all living things.

http://www.umich.edu/~gs265/society/ozone.htm

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach, PhD
Missouri Botanical Garden
c/o Harvard University Herbaria



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