AIR QUALITY MONITORING WITH THE LICHEN BIODIVERSITY INDEX (LBI) IN THE DISTRICT OF FAENZA (ITALY)

Manuela Cioffi

Abstract


The Lichen Biodiversity Index (LBI) is a method for monitoring air pollution. This method employs lichens living on lime trees because they are sensitive to NOx and SOx, and it considers the variations in their communities. This study was performed in 16 stations located in the suburbs of Faenza city town and the result shows a more than acceptable air quality although in some stations the air was affected by the polluting effects of the vehicle traffic.


Keywords


bioindicator; lichens; air pollution; biodiversity

Full Text:

PDF (English)

References


ANPA (2009) Manuale IBL (Indice di Biodiversità Lichenica) on line. http://sira.arpat.toscana.it/sira/documenti/manuale_ibl.pdf

CIOFFI M. (2006) Introduzione allo studio dei licheni. GeoL@b o.n.l.u.s., Servizio Comunicazione-Educazione Ambientale-Agenda 21 locale Regione Emilia-Romagna. Imola, ISBN 889012619-1.

CONTI M.E., CECCHETTI G. (2001) Biological monitoring: lichens as bioindicators of air pollution assessment – a review. Environmental Pollution 114:471-492.

GIORDANI P., BRUNIALTI G., MODENESI P. (2001) Applicability of the lichen biodiversity method (L.B.) to a

Mediterranean area (Liguria, nw Italy). Cryptogamie, Mycol., 22 (3):193-208.

ISOCRONO D., MATTEUCCI E., FERRARESE A., PENSI E., PIERVITTORI R. (2007) Lichen colonization in the city of Turin (N Italy) based on current and historical data. Environmental Pollution 14:258-265.

LOPPI S., FRATI L., PAOLI L., BIGAGLI V., ROSSETTI C., BRUSCOLI C., CORSINI A. (2004) Biodiversity of epiphytic lichens and heavy metal contents of Flavoparmelia caperata thalli as indicators of temporal variations of air pollution in the town of MonteMontecatini Terme (central Italy). Science of the Total Environment, 326:113-122.

NIMIS P.L. (1993) The lichens of Italy. An annotated catalogue. Monografia XXII. Museo Reg. Scienze Nat. Torino. 1993.

VALCUVIA PASSADORE M., MALAVASI C. (2002) Relazioni Simbiotiche dai licheni all’Agenda 21 locale. Regione Lombardia, CREA Lombardia, Università degli Studi di Pavia. Mantova.




DOI: 10.6092/issn.2281-4485/3809

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2009 Manuela Cioffi

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Creative Commons License

Online ISSN 2281-4485

The journal is hosted and mantained by ABIS-AlmaDL. [privacy]