Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3778

Full Length Research Paper

Woody plants and herbs as bioindicators of the current condition of the natural environment in Serbia

Dragica Stankovic1*, Borivoj Krstic2, Sasa Orlovic3, Goran Trivan4, Leopold Pajnik Poljak3 and Mirjana Sijacic Nikolic1
1Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, No. 1 Kneza Viseslava Street, Belgrade, Serbia. 2Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Novi Sad, No. 2 Trg D. Obradovica Street, Novi Sad, Serbia. 3Institute for Lowlands Forestry and Environmental Protection, No. 13 Antona Cehova Street, Novi Sad, Serbia. 4Secretariat for Environmental Protection, No. 43-45 27, Marta Street, Belgrade, Serbia.
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  •  Accepted: 01 April 2011
  •  Published: 04 August 2011

Abstract

Being the inhabitants of all parts of the environment (water, air, soil) plants can very precisely point to the ecological conditions of the environment. Vascular plants are often used for biomonitoring of heavy metals. The analyses are most often performed on plant leaves. The results of this research clearly indicate that pollution with lead on the locations of Avala (locations 1, 2 and 3), although being of an anthropogenic origin, do not result only from traffic, while on location 4 due to the frequency of traffic, the greatest agent of lead pollution is traffic. The accumulation of heavy metals in plants in higher concentrations indicates the relative increase and pollution spread all over the habitat.

 

Key words: Protected natural resource, belgrade, plants, lead concentrations.