Mosses used to monitor trace elements in micro and macro areas
Mosses have been used in Northern Europe since the early 60s to monitor heavy metal depositions either in time or in space. The moss species Hypnum cupressiforme was used to evaluate air quality in three areas in Northern Italy. Both indigenous and transplanted mosses were used, in order to evaluate both past memory and present memory. The mosses allowed a clear interpretation of anthropic fall-outs of trace elements, either in small or in large areas, with reduced costs, if compared to traditional monitoring techniques.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Seventh International Waste Management of Landfill Symposium, Cagliari (IT); 4-8th October (1998)
Availability: Available from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199911161 / Last updated on: 1999-08-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en