Dust Impacts: Ecology and Agriculture
Dust may have physical effects on plants such as blockage and damage to stomata, shading, abrasion of leaf surface or cuticle, and cumulative effects e.g. drought stress on already stressed species. The chemical effects of dust, either directly on the plant surface or on the soil, are likely to be more important than any physical effects. Dust deposited on the ground may produce changes in soil chemistry, which may in the longer-term result in changes in plant chemistry, species competition and community structure.
Goodquarry. 2011. Dust impacts: Ecology and agriculture. Available at: [Link]. Accessed May 3, 2011. Webpage no longer available.