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Moss Bag Preparation: A Low-Cost Technique in Monitoring Airborne Particulate and Toxic Elements

Version 1 : Received: 12 March 2017 / Approved: 13 March 2017 / Online: 13 March 2017 (09:28:31 CET)

How to cite: Abulude, F.; Elisha, J. Moss Bag Preparation: A Low-Cost Technique in Monitoring Airborne Particulate and Toxic Elements. Preprints 2017, 2017030064 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201703.0064.v1). Abulude, F.; Elisha, J. Moss Bag Preparation: A Low-Cost Technique in Monitoring Airborne Particulate and Toxic Elements. Preprints 2017, 2017030064 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201703.0064.v1).

Abstract

Air pollution has created a lot of problems in the developed and developing countries. To avoid or reduce these problems, constant monitoring of the air should be ensured. The conventional techniques is costly because it requires a lot of money and time consuming. Biomonitoring has been the alternative method. Moss, lichens and plants are biomonitors available to entrap air pollutants. The aim of this paper is to discuss one of the ways of monitoring air pollution – Moss bag technique. To do this, types, choice, preparation, handling of bags after preparation of moss were discussed. From the literatures consulted, it was discovered that there were differences in the techniques used by the researchers. In all, the use of mosses with emphasis on the employment of moss bag have proved to be a powerful tool in airborne particulate and toxic elements. To conclude, developing countries should focus more on this technique because it will reduce cost of air monitoring.

Subject Areas

air pollution; mosses; low-cost; equipment; time-consuming

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