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Donnish Journal of Research in Environmental Studies

November 2016 Vol. 3(3), pp. 017-024

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Original Research Article


Epiphytic Lichens: Their Usefulness as Bio-indicators of Air Pollution


Rupnarayan Sett1* and Maitreyee Kundu2

1Division of Genetics and Plant Propagation, Tropical Forest Research Institute (ICFRE, MoEFCC), Mandla Road, P.O. RFRC, Jabalpur 482021, Madhya Pradesh, India.
2Division of Silviculture and JFM, Tropical Forest Research Institute (ICFRE, MoEFCC), Mandla Road, P.O. RFRC, Jabalpur 482021, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Corresponding Author's Email: ruppuran2001@yahoo.co.in

Accepted 2nd November, 2016.



Abstract


Lichens are used as effective monitors to detect low-level air pollution which may affect different flora and fauna communities. Epiphytic lichens have been widely recognized as effective eco-friendly bio-monitors for detection of metal deposition on trees, rocks and bare ground. This article is concerned with the use of lichens in bio-monitoring of air pollution, how the lichens do recognize air pollution, the mechanisms of accumulation and trapping of particulate matters, understanding the mechanisms of alterations and the methods of study and factors affecting the process.

Keywords: Air pollution, Bio-monitor, Bio-indicator, Environmental factor, Lichen, Sulfur dioxide, Epiphytic.

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Rupnarayan Sett and Maitreyee Kundu. Epiphytic Lichens: Their Usefulness as Bio-indicators of Air Pollution. Donnish Journal of Research in Environmental Studies 3(3) 2016 pp. 017-024.


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