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This research is aimed at checking if aquatic moss Fontinalis antipyretica could be used for the control of trace element contamination in riverine and lacustrine waters. It was divided in four different steps, concerning accumulation rate and release of inorganic pollutants by mosses, as well as their possible diagnostic use for the localization of urban and industrial sources of contamination.
The results obtained in laboratory have shown a high accumulation race by Fontinalis antipyretica and the saturation was reached after time intervals in the range of a few days to two weeks. The release of the same elements is slow and happened over a few months. The mosses have shown an optimum behaviour in environments with different contamination, both industrial and urban-industrial, without ever reaching saturation in the elements studied.It can be said, then that their use could lead to a better control of fresh waters, allowing the identification of not-authorized pollution sources, with a low cost if compared to other control methodologies.

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Authors: CENCI R M, Environmental Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Conference on quality and quantity of Mediterranean Water Resources, Cagliari (IT), October 11-18th, 1998
Availability: Available from DG XIII as Paper EN 41858 ORA
Record Number: 199910287 / Last updated on: 1999-03-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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