Special Issue "Bio-Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollution"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Costas Saitanis
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Guest Editor
Agricultural University of Athens, Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Interests: environmental pollution; air quality biomonitoring; tropospheric ozone effects on plants and ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Given the increasing concerns about the effects of environmental pollution on biota as well as the increasing recognition of the importance of bio-monitoring (and bioindication) as biologically meaningful methods for assessing environmental quality, I undertook the initiative to serve as a Guest Editor of a Special Issue on “Bio-Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollution” in the journal Applied Sciences, which is a highly qualified Journal, indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science) [search for "Applied Sciences-Basel"], Scopus, Inspec (IET), and other databases.

This Special Issue is intended to collect high-quality manuscripts (research articles, reviews, communications, and concept papers) on a variety of sub-topics including: bio-monitoring/bioindication of inorganic (ozone, nitrogen, sulfur, fluoride, etc.) and organic (POPs, etc.) pollutants and trace elements (heavy metals, noble metals). Research dealing with the use of a spectrum of organisms from bryophytes, lichens, and higher plants (including trees) as bioindicators/bio-monitors of atmospheric quality is welcome.

Articles related, but not limited, to the following topics will be considered:

Ambient ozone bio-monitoring/bioindication with higher plants (tobacco Bel-W3, snap beans, white clover, subterranean clover, poplar trees, etc.); Fluoride bio-monitoring with Gladiolus; In-situ growing mosses and moss-bags as element accumulators; Lichen species richness as air quality indicator; Bio-monitoring in air pollution mapping; Bryophytes and lichens in mercury bio-monitoring; Sulfur pollution bio-monitoring with lichens and mosses; Bio-monitoring of trace elements with ryegrass or trees; Bio-monitoring or urban pollution by ornamental trees; Organisms evaluation as potential bio-monitors/bioindicators of air pollution; Intercomparison of bio-monitors/bioindicators; Bio-monitoring and bioindication in environmental legislation, directives, regulations and policies; Bio-monitoring and bioindication as a tool for public awareness of environmental quality; Bio-monitoring and bioindication: past, present, and future.

If you are interested in bio-monitoring/bioindication, do not miss this opportunity to be a contributor to this Special Issue of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Costas Saitanis
Guest Editor

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  • bio-monitoring
  • bioindication
  • bioaccumulation
  • biological indicators
  • air quality
  • lichens
  • bryophytes
  • mosses
  • moss bags
  • Bel-W3
  • pinto bean
  • ryegrass
  • gladiolus
  • pines
  • ozone
  • O3
  • fluoride
  • sulfur
  • nitrogen
  • PANs
  • heavy metals
  • trace elements
  • POPs
  • persistent organic compounds

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Distribution Trends of Cadmium and Lead in Timberline Coniferous Forests in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(2), 753; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11020753 - 14 Jan 2021
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The concentrations of Pb and Cd in the needles and twigs of fir and spruce collected from 26 sites in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau were measured and analyzed in this study. The mean concentrations of Cd and Pb were 0.034 and 1.291 mg/kg, [...] Read more.
The concentrations of Pb and Cd in the needles and twigs of fir and spruce collected from 26 sites in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau were measured and analyzed in this study. The mean concentrations of Cd and Pb were 0.034 and 1.291 mg/kg, respectively, in the needles and 0.101 and 2.511 mg/kg, respectively, in the twigs. These concentrations increased significantly with needle and twig age and peaked at 5 years. The twigs were significantly enriched in Pb and Cd compared with the needles. The spatial distributions of Pb and Cd were determined using the inverse-distance-weighted spatial interpolation method on the basis of the mean concentration of the elements in the needles and twigs from each site. The highest concentrations of Pb and Cd in twigs and needles were found in Yunnan Province and Gongga Mountain. They showed a tendency to decline from Yunnan Province to the northern direction, as well as from Gongga Mountain to the western area. Principal component analysis showed that Pb and Cd originated from the anthropogenic activities in this area. The mining activities and climatic factors may be the main sources of Pb and Cd in this area. Combining the HYSPLIT (The Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory) model and PCA, the results implied that exterior Pb and Cd sources from Southeast Asia and the eastern developed cities in China can infiltrate the ecosystem through long-range transportation and accumulate in timberline forests, with atmospheric deposition in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. This plateau suffers from severe Pb pollution but slight Cd contamination. Full article
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