Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7813–7823, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7813-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7813–7823, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7813-2016
Research article
24 Jun 2016
Research article | 24 Jun 2016

Role of needle surface waxes in dynamic exchange of mono- and sesquiterpenes

Johanna Joensuu et al.

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Plants produce volatile compounds (BVOCs) that have a major role in atmospheric chemistry. Our aim was to see if terpenes, a key group of BVOCs, can be found on surfaces of pine needles and, if so, how they compare with the emissions of the same tree. Both emissions and wax extracts were clearly dominated by monoterpenes, but there were also differences in the emission and wax spectra. The results support the existence of BVOCs on needle surfaces, with possible implications for air chemistry.
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