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Distribution of Organochlorine Compounds in Pine Needles Collected in Zagreb


The distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides was investigated in one- and two-year-old pine needles collected at eight locations in Zagreb in 2006. Concentration medians for most analyzed compounds in two-year-old needles were higher or similar to the concentration medians of the same compounds in one-year-old needles, with the exception of PCB-28, PCB-52, PCB-153, and PCB-138. The pollution profiles seems to have remained the same over the 2 years. These results were compared to those obtained in samples collected at the same locations in 1998.

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We wish to thank Mrs. Mirjana Kralj for excellent technical assistance during experimental work and Blanka Krauthacker, PhD for valuable suggestions during realisation of this paper. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Croatia.

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Kožul, D., Romanić, S.H. Distribution of Organochlorine Compounds in Pine Needles Collected in Zagreb. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 81, 339–342 (2008).

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  • PCBs
  • Organochlorine pesticides
  • Conifer
  • Environmental pollution