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Air quality evaluation is the first imperative step for a quick and correct intervention for the sake of environment. As an alternative to traditional methds of air quality monitoring, bio-indicators techniques are becoming increasingly successful. Bio-indicators can be used for a visual analysis or as bio-accumulators for various gases, elements, and compounds; many are vegetals commonly used: tobacco leaves, lichens and mosses. In Europe bio-indicators are widely used and their results are taken in great consideration. On the contrary, in Italy doubts still persist, mainly due to ignorance and lack of information.

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Authors: CENCI R M, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ICEF Corte Suprema di Cassazione - Aula Magna, Rome (IT), 6th October (1999)
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
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