Events for Donors

November

Lichens, Air Pollution, and Human Health

Lichens are fungi that form symbioses with photosynthetic organisms (algae or cyanobacteria). On one hand they are sensitive to certain pollutants, on the other they accumulate pollutants such as trace metals. Lichen diversity proved to be well correlated with the incidence of lung cancer in Northern Italy. Techniques for lichen biomonitoring are now standardized at European level, and in some countries the results are accepted as evidence in court cases against polluting industries.