Biomonitoring of heavy metals by epiphytic lichen species in Black Sea region of Turkey


ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, vol.10, no.3, pp.762-765, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.11.006
  • Title of Journal : ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS
  • Page Numbers: pp.762-765
  • Keywords: Lichen, Heavy metals, EDXRF, FAAS, Black sea region


The heavy metal accumulation in epiphytic lichens along the Sarp-Samsun Highway in Black Sea Region of Turkey was analyzed by using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and flame atomic absorption spectroscopy (FAAS) methods. The analysis showed that the lichen samples contained elevated concentrations of the following metals: titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, tin, barium, and lead. A strong positive correlation was observed between the lead concentration of the lichens and the traffic density. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.