Apr 15, 2009

Testing differences in methods of preparing moss samples. Effect of washing on Pseudoscleropodium purum

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
J A FernándezA Carballeira

Abstract

When terrestrial mosses are used to study the risks associated with the accumulation of airborne pollutants, samples must be washed to remove deposits adhering to the surface. Here, we studied the effects of washing the samples as well as of freezing, drying, and acclimatization treatments. The differences between the concentrations of Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Ni, Pb, Se, V, and Zn in washed and unwashed samples were significant, and therefore, it would not be valid to combine or compare the data corresponding to samples treated thus. We also investigated whether there were significant differences in the concentrations of various metals and metalloids yielded from samples subjected to different treatments prior to washing (freezing, drying, acclimatization after drying, and acclimatization only), while also considering possible effects of the level and type of contamination and the weather conditions. For many of the elements, we found significant differences that depended on both the levels of contamination at each sampling site and the weather. As these differences may be due to changes in the contents of the different cellular fractions, the sequential elution technique was applied to determine the locations of Cu, K, ...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Mosses
Tissue Membrane
Acclimatization
Pseudoscleropodium purum
Metals
Environmental Monitoring

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