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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.

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Authors: CENCI R M, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT);DAPIAGGI M, University of Pavia (IT);LEVA F, University of Milan (IT);PLOOY M, University of Lodi (IT);BERGONZONI M, AGAC Reggio Emilia (IT)
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)
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