J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 533 - 536

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 533
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030358

Biomonitoring of the atmospheric pollution by heavy metals in Morocco

A. Gaudry1, A. Senhou2, A. Chouak2, R. Cherkaoui2, Z. Moutia2, M. Lferde2, A. Elyahyaoui2, T. El Khoukhi2, M. Bounakhla2, K. Embarch3, S. Ayrault1 and M. Moskura1

1  Laboratoire Pierre Süe, CEA-CNRS, bâtiment 637, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex, France
2  Faculty of Sciences, Nuclear Physics Laboratory, BP. 1014, Rabat, Morocco
3  CNESTEN, 65 rue Tansift, Agdal, Rabat, Morocco

In this study, the accumulation sensitivities of trace elements in six types of air pollution biomonitors (lichens, tree barks and a moss) are compared. Three analytical methods were used: 14 MeV neutron activation analysis, thermal neutron activation analysis method and X-ray fluorescence analysis. Studies of the local concentration variations versus the sizes of lichen and of their altitude of collection from grounds, revealed that a standardisation of the procedures for collecting samples was necessary.

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