Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry

, Volume 49, Issue 1–3, pp 437–445

Lichens as Biomonitors of Depleted Uranium in Kosovo

  • S. Loppi
  • L. A. Di Lella
  • L. Frati
  • G. Protano
  • S. A. Pirintsos
  • F. Riccobono
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10874-004-1258-z

Cite this article as:
Loppi, S., Di Lella, L.A., Frati, L. et al. J Atmos Chem (2004) 49: 437. doi:10.1007/s10874-004-1258-z

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a study using lichens as biomonitors to investigate the environmental distribution of depleted uranium (DU) at selected Kosovo sites as a consequence of the use of DU ordnance during the conflict of 1999. The results suggested that the use of DU ammunitions did not cause a diffuse environmental contamination in such a way to have caused a detectable U enrichment in lichens. Also isotopic 235U/238U measurements did not indicate the presence of DU particles in lichens, except for some samples at a heavily shelled site, which resulted contaminated by DU.

Keywords

biomonitoring depleted uranium Kosovo lichens 

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Loppi
    • 1
  • L. A. Di Lella
    • 1
  • L. Frati
    • 1
  • G. Protano
    • 1
  • S. A. Pirintsos
    • 2
  • F. Riccobono
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science “G. Sarfatti”University of SienaItaly
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of CreteGreece

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