The environmental quality of the Valle Orco, partly comprised within the Gran Paradiso National Park, was investigated by evaluation of its epiphytic lichen biodiversity, and the accumulation of radioisotopes in the moss Hylocomium splendens. A good correlation was observed between sites most exposed to human activities and those with the greatest deviation from environmental quality. Gamma spectrometry revealed the presence of 17Cs, though not at levels posing a threat to health.

Biomonitoring in the evaluation of human impact: Use of lichen biodiversity, and moss accumulation of radioisotopes in an Alpine valley (Valle Orco, Piedmont, Italy)

ISOCRONO, DEBORAH;PIERVITTORI, Rosanna
2003

Abstract

The environmental quality of the Valle Orco, partly comprised within the Gran Paradiso National Park, was investigated by evaluation of its epiphytic lichen biodiversity, and the accumulation of radioisotopes in the moss Hylocomium splendens. A good correlation was observed between sites most exposed to human activities and those with the greatest deviation from environmental quality. Gamma spectrometry revealed the presence of 17Cs, though not at levels posing a threat to health.
137(1)
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11263500312331351311
Lichens; mosses; radioisotopes; monitoring; Alps
B. Griselli; A. Bari; M. Magnoni; S. Bertino; D. Isocrono; R. Piervittori
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