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Heavy metal (Zn, Pb, Cd) concentration in soil and moss (Pleurozium schreberii) in the Brynica district, southern Poland

M Pajak   , M Jasik

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 176-180 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0581-004
Published: Aug 11, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO RG 7.01 2010 - Antalya (Turkey)
Adaptation of Forest Ecosystems to Air Pollution and Climate Change
Guest Editors: Elena Paoletti, Yusuf Serengil


The atmospheric heavy metal pollution (lead, cadmium and zinc) of the Brynica district (one of the most polluted regions of Poland) was assessed in the top layer of soils (0-20 cm), organic layer and in tissues of the common woodland moss Pleurozium schreberii. Samples were taken in July 2008 at 31 points distributed over a 1500 x 1500 m grid. The concentration of trace elements changed depending on analysed material, distance from the metallurgic complex “Miasteczko Slaskie” and type of metals. The highest concentrations were close to Miasteczko Slaskie. The highest values were in the organic layer. Moss samples were useful as biomonitors. The analyses confirmed a considerable contamination with heavy metals of the forest environment in the Brynica district.

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Air pollution, Heavy metals, Pleurozium schreberii, Biomonitors, Trace elements

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M Pajak
M Jasik
Department of Forest Ecology, University of Agriculture, Al. 29-ego Listopada 46, 31-425 Kraków (Poland)

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Pajak M, Jasik M (2011). Heavy metal (Zn, Pb, Cd) concentration in soil and moss (Pleurozium schreberii) in the Brynica district, southern Poland. iForest 4: 176-180. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0581-004

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Received: May 04, 2011
Accepted: May 19, 2011

First online: Aug 11, 2011
Publication Date: Aug 11, 2011
Publication Time: 2.80 months

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