Knowledge of the environment, sustainable practices to the territory

Biomonitoraggio 1Biomonitoring is the use of sensitive ecosystem components (living organisms, such as lichens, mosses, plants) as biological indicators of the environmental quality and the effects of air pollution. It allows detecting changes of biodiversity and variations in trace element contents, providing useful evidence for spatial and temporal trends in ambient pollution burdens. We mostly deal with the use of lichens (but also mosses and plants) as bioindicators (through biodiversity surveys and the calculation of biodiversity indices) and bioaccumulators (we investigate pollutants accumulated in the samples) according to standardized protocols (e.g., IBL - ANPA, 2001; LDV - Lichen Diversity Value — Asta et al., 2002) and recent European legislation (CEN: EN 16413).


Main applications

  • Assessing spatial and temporal deposition patterns of airborne pollutants accumulated in native and/or transplanted samples (lichens, mosses), especially in the surroundings of potential sources or large urban/industrial sites.

Biomonitoraggio 2


  • Assessing spatial and temporal impact of air pollution on biodiversity, by means of biodiversity indices;
  • Ecological Impact Assessment studies, in which biomonitoring is required, e.g., in relation to the operations of electric power plants (also geothermal), incinerators; waste landfills, cement plants, quarries, oil refineries; vehicular traffic pollution sources;
  • Identify and assess species and habitat suitable for environmental protection;
  • Assessment of forest quality and ecosystem functioning through the use of bioindicators;
  • Monitoring plant biodiversity, especially in repeated surveys.

P.Iva: 01354480525 - Iscr. Reg. Imprese di Siena: 01354480525

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