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Journal of the Selva Andina Research Society

Print version ISSN 2072-9294On-line version ISSN 2072-9308


SANCHEZ-YANEZ, Juan Manuel; BALTIERRA-TREJO, Eduardo  and  MARQUEZ-BENAVIDES, Liliana. The effect of landfill biogas on vegetal growth. J. Selva Andina Res. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.1, pp.55-65. ISSN 2072-9294.

The plants carry out the gaseous exchange during the photosynthesis and the respiration, however the stomal opening of the leaves or the flow through lenticels in the root are not selective, the anthropogenic biogas emissions enter to vegetable tissues altering its normal physiology. In landfill sites roots plants are exposed to a flow of a variable concentration of biogas, mainly composed by methane (CH4) 50-60% and carbon dioxide (CO2) 40-55%, product of the anaerobic digestion  of the organic fraction  of municipal solid waste (MSW). Biogas, according to its concentration and exposure time is likely to exert a negative effect on plant root growth; however, the mechanism is largely unknown. The aim of this revision was to revise the state of the art of the negative effect of biogas on plants that are close to landfill sites.

Keywords : Gases; vegetable metabolism; physiological answer.

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