Lichens and mosses as biomonitors of indoor pollution

Author:
Paoli L., Bandoni E. & Sanità di Toppi L.
Year:
2023
Journal:
Biology
Pages:
12(9): 1248 [20 p.]
Url:
https://doi.org/10.3390/biology12091248
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Biomonitoring in indoor environments is a recent application, and so far, indoor air quality (IAQ) has been investigated only in a few cases using photosynthesising biomonitors. On the whole, 22 studies have been selected and reviewed, being specifically focused on the assessment of IAQ using biomonitors, such as lichens (9 papers), mosses (10), or their combination (3). In general, indoor samples face an altered light regime, ventilation, and a reduced hydration, which should be taken into consideration during the design and implementation of indoor monitoring. This review highlights critical issues (and some solutions) related to sample devitalisation (moss), hydration during exposure, preparation of the exposure device (mostly lichen and moss bags), duration of the exposure, post-exposure treatments, assessment of the vitality of the samples, as well as data elaboration and interpretation. This review evidences the feasibility and usefulness of lichen/moss monitoring in indoor environments and the need to develop standardised protocols. Keywords: biomonitoring; heavy metals; indoor air quality; indoor air pollution; lichen bags; moss bags.
Id:
35783
Submitter:
zpalice
Post_time:
Monday, 18 September 2023 13:13