Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in moss (Hypnum cupressiforme) from Hungary

Imre Olivér Kozák, Melinda Kozák, Jeno Fekete, Virender K. Sharma

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Abstract

Mosses of the species Hypnum cupressiforme were collected from different parts of Hungary to investigate the air quality of the region. The concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in species were determined. Low molecular weight PAHs (up to three ring compounds) contribute more than 99% to the concentrations of PAHs in Moss samples. The pattern of PAHs suggests local sources rather than long-range transport of contamination in the air. Possible local sources are industrial, urban, and traffic activities. The results indicate incomplete combustion of fuel is largely responsible for the air quality of the area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2613-2619
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Volume38
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 9 2003

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Keywords

  • Hypnum cupressiforme
  • Mosses
  • Pollution
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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