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Author(s): Nuno Ratola
José Avelino Silva
Sara Ramos
Vera Homem
Ivan Tavera Busso
Florencia Tames
Hebe Carreras
Title: Biomonitoring levels and trends of PAHs and synthetic musks associated to land use in urban environments
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are some of the most studied organic compounds in urban environments,due to their known adverse effects on human health and persistence in environmental matrices. Duringthe last decade, new groups of organic compounds with an intensive use worldwide such as synthetic muskshave been raising the interest of the scientific community given their toxicity and health effects. However, literatureis still scarce in studies dealing with their concentration in the environment, especially in developing countries,where they are even more rare or non-existing at all.We employed leaves of Ligustrum lucidum to assess theconcentrations of PAHs and synthetic musks in different land use areas in Cordoba city, therefore contributingwith environmental information in Argentina. We found higher levels of PAHs in urban and industrial areasthan in the peri-urban sampling sites, naphthalene being one of the dominant PAHs in all sampling areas. Regardingsynthetic musk fragrances, polycyclic musks were the most contributing compounds and the highest levelsfound in industrial areas as well. A high environmental risk could be expected due to the frequent occurrenceof galaxolide in addition to the high hazardous potential of phantolide, which was present in 50% of the samples.The results of the present study indicate that leaves of an urban ubiquitous tree can be used to assess the spatialbehavior of both classic and emerging organic pollutants, allowing an assessment of urban air quality in areaswhere common air sampling devices are unavailable.© 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10216/115495
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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