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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 of 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 a small or in a large area, 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 Pavla (IT);LEVA F, University of Milan (IT);PLOOY N, University of Lodi (IT);BERGONZONI M, AGAC Reggio Emilia (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: SARDINIA 99 - Simposio internazionale, Margherita di Pula (IT), 4-8th October (1999)
Availability: Available from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199911592 / Last updated on: 1999-11-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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