|Pollution maps of grass contamination by platinum group elements and polycyclic [..] (August 2008)|
The increase of deposition of air pollutants such as platinum group elements (PGEs) Pt, Pd and Rh, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from vehicles on plants is raising serious concerns about the risk for the quality of food and, in turn, for human health. PGEs have recently emerged in ecosystems due to their massive use as catalysts in the automobile industry. PAHs are combustion by-products known for their carcinogenic properties. This investigation reports the first pollution maps of PGEs and PAHs at the agricultural scale (Figure).
Pollution maps of grass contamination by platinum group elements and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from road traffic
Abdourahamane Tankari Dan-Badjo, Guido Rychen and Cecile Ducoulombier
Agron. Sustain. Dev.
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