The value of the terricolous lichen Cetrariella delisei in the biomonitoring of heavy−metal levels in Svalbard

Michał Węgrzyn , Maja Lisowska , Paweł Nicia


The aim of this study was to identify a suitable lichen species for the long−term monitoring of heavy−metal atmospheric pollution in Svalbard. Cladonia and Cetraria s.l. species that have been widely used until now for assessing heavy−metal deposition in the Arctic are in decline over extensive areas of Svalbard, mainly due to climate change and over−grazing by reindeer. Cetrariella delisei, rarely used for biomonitoring, is still common and widespread in this area. Levels of Cr, Ni, Fe, Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd and Mn were measured in three lichen species: Cetrariella delisei, Cladonia uncialis, Flavocetraria nivalis and in a moss Racomitrium lanuginosum from Sørkapp Land, South Spitsbergen. The results imply that Cetrariella delisei can be safely compared to Cladonia uncialis for identifying the levels of heavy metals, but direct comparison between Cetrariella delisei and other species studied is more difficult owing to differences in levels of heavy metals even in samples from the same site.
Author Michał Węgrzyn
Michał Węgrzyn,,
, Maja Lisowska
Maja Lisowska,,
, Paweł Nicia (FoAE / DoSSaSP)
Paweł Nicia,,
- Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection
Journal seriesPolish Polar Research, ISSN 0138-0338, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishArctic, Spitsbergen, lichenized fungi, heavy metals, air pollution monitoring
ASJC Classification2303 Ecology; 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Internal identifierWRE/2013/135
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 13; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 0.536; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 0.788 (2) - 2013=1.164 (5)
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