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Abstract

The moss Hypnum cupressiforme was collected in 94 sites throughout the Colline Metallifere (southern Tuscany) to evaluate environmental contamination by trace elements. As epigeic mosses trap airborne soil particles, absolute concentrations of lithophilic elements were normalised by using Al and Ti as indicators of soil contamination. High concentrations of As, B, Cr, Ni and other elements were found in several samples, mainly reflecting the geochemical nature of the region, abandoned mining and smelting activities and emissions from geothermal power plants. Possible approaches to improve the biomonitoring of trace metals with mosses were discussed.

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Authors: CENCI R.M, EC, Centro Comune di Ricerca di Ispra Instituto dell' Ambiente , UnitÓ Suolo e Rifiuti, Ispra (IT);ALEFFI M, EC, Centro Comune di Ricerca di Ispra Instituto dell' Ambiente , UnitÓ Suolo e Rifiuti, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19817 IT (2001), pp.69. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from the Documentation Service JRC, Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785818 url: http://www.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: N/A
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