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Pollution monitoring with lichens

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    • ecology
    • identification
    • key
    • lichen
    • lichens
    • monitoring
    • pollution
    • survey


    Lichens make excellent material for field studies throughout the year and are valuable for the detection and mapping of pollution. This book provides an overview of the value of lichens for monitoring a range of potentially harmful substances including sulphur dioxide, fluorides, PCBs, metals and radioactive elements.

    In each section background information is provided and case studies briefly described to enable the reader to appreciate the potential applications of lichens for monitoring each type of environmental pollutant. To help with the problems of identifying lichens, coloured illustrations are provided of species that commonly grow on trees together with an identification key and direction to more advanced texts for lichens growing on other surfaces.

    This book is a digital reprint (without updates) of ISBN 0-85546-289-5 (1992).


    Sixth-form, undergraduate, postgraduate, field centre, ecological consultant, wildlife trust, conservation volunteer

    Table of Contents

    Natural history, Sulphur dioxide and acid rain
    Aromatic hydrocarbons
    Transplant studies
    Radioactive elements
    Invertebrate fauna
    Original work: techniques and approaches
    References and further reading
    Useful addresses

    Bibliographic Information

    • 76 pages
    • Figures, b/w illustrations
    • 4 colour plates
    • BISAC SCI011000, TEC010010