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Can tree-ring chemistry be used to monitor atmospheric nanoparticle contamination over time?

Ballikaya, Paula and Marshall, John D and Cherubini, Paolo (2022). Can tree-ring chemistry be used to monitor atmospheric nanoparticle contamination over time? Atmospheric Environment. 268 , 118781
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Industrial activities and human population growth have resulted in an unprecedented increase in the release of particulate matter (PM) into the environment. Nanoparticle (NP) contamination is widespread and affects all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, putting humans and environment at risk. Several studies on the impact of PM and NPs on human health have been conducted over the past two decades, but their effects on plants are still poorly understood. What happens to them in forest ecosystems and trees has yet to be explored. In this paper, we review the literature on the capacity of trees to be used as bioindicators and proxy recorders of past air pollution events. Current research indicates that ultrafine particles can be taken up and translocated to different parts of a tree by physical and chemical processes, as we present studies of plant uptake and translocation processes of NPs in trees. Tree-ring chemistry, i.e., dendrochemistry, has been successfully used to reconstruct trace metal deposition from a variety of sources of pollution, including cars, metal refineries and coal burning. The use of dendrochemistry in environmental monitoring seems promising particularly given the presence of recent development of analytical tools, and is likely to provide useful data on atmospheric NP contamination that could not be obtained from any other source. However, still relatively little is known about the dynamic relationships between NPs and trees. We therefore discuss what future dendrochemical research is needed to make den-drochemical analyses as accurate as possible for monitoring atmospheric nanoparticle contamination over time.

Authors/Creators:Ballikaya, Paula and Marshall, John D and Cherubini, Paolo
Title:Can tree-ring chemistry be used to monitor atmospheric nanoparticle contamination over time?
Series Name/Journal:Atmospheric Environment
Year of publishing :2022
Article number:118781
Number of Pages:12
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
Keywords:Particulate matter, Nanoparticle, Air quality, Tree-ring chemistry, Dendrochronology
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Web of Science (WoS)000715086500003
ID Code:26127
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
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Deposited On:18 Nov 2021 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:18 Nov 2021 12:31

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