Mosses as Biomonitors of Air Pollution

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Content of heavy metals and radionuclides in mosses provide valuable information for the monitoring of the air pollution.Mosses, soil and water in the Dashkesen, Mingechaur and Sumgait cities of the Azerbaijan Republic were studied to identify the bioindicator properties of mosses. The concentrations of heavy metals and activity of radionuclides in samples of mosses, soil and water samples were determined. It was defined, that the content of Cr, Mn and Fe in samples of mosses and soil, collected from Dashkesen were more than in Mingechaur and Sumgait. Content of Cu, Zn,Cd, Ba, Pb, Hg, Ni in samples of mosses and soil, collected from Mingechaur and Sumgait were more than in Dashkesen. It was revealed, that the activity of 40K was more than other isotopes. On the other hand it was found out that 7Be, 214Pb, 214Bi, 137Cs, 134Cs, 60Co were more in Mingechaur region than in Sumgait and Dashkesen.


Environment, Pollution, Environmental Protection, Environmental Science


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Mehrabova M. A., Topchiyeva Sh. A., Abiyev H. A.. (2020) Mosses as Biomonitors of Air Pollution. International Journal of Environmental Science, 5, 315-318


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