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Exposure to high levels of atmospheric pollutants such as ozone may cause tobacco leaves to develop small dark green water-soaked spots. Within 48 hours, the lesions change to a brown color then to grey or white and appear as sunken necrotic areas bordered by chlorotic tissue. Lower leaf surfaces may show no evidence of damage in the early stages. Symptoms may occur at any stage of growth, but most commonly occur during periods of rapid growth. Older leaves are more susceptible. Lesions may coalesce causing the lamina to become necrotic and fall out.
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Kingdom: Other damage agents
Phylum: Other damage agents
Class: Other damage agents
Order: Abiotic
Family: Other abiotic damage
Subject: weather fleck


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Friday, January 21, 2011