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Guidelines for the use of native mosses, transplanted mosses and soils in assessing organic and inorganic contaminant fallout

Funded under: FP7-JRC


These guidelines on the use of mosses are of strategic importance in that they make it possible to harmonise the indications obtained from differing environments in terms of extent and, thereby, to compare them with results obtained using other methods. Thanks to their morphological features, mosses can be used as bioindicators to obtain fallout information for a significant number of organic and inorganic contaminants of human origin and determine the quantity of such contaminants deposited in soil. Analysis of both moss and soil is essential in identifying, and discriminating between, anthropic and natural sources of contaminant fallout.

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Authors: CENCI R M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23292 EN (2008), 33 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23292-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08719-6
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