Active biomonitoring with wet and dry moss: a case study in an urban area
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Active biomonitoring of the air quality in Belgrade, Serbia, was performed using the moss Sphagnumgirgensohnii. Moss bags were exposed in parallel with and without irrigation for 3 and 6 months, respectively, at three different sites. Twenty-nine elements were determined in the exposed moss samples by INAA. For all exposure periods, higher uptake in the irrigated moss bags was evident for Al, Cr, Fe, Zn and Sr. Elements such as Cl, K, Rb and Cs were depleted in the moss tissue during the time of exposure. For most of the elements the accumulation after 6 months exceeded that observed after 3 months.
KeywordsUrban pollution Active biomonitoring with moss bags Sphagnum girgensohnii Trace elements Instrumental neutron activation analysis
This work was carried out within the framework of project No. 141012 funded by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia.
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