Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 249, Issue 2, pp 391–395 | Cite as

Determination of trace elements in Tillandsia usneoides by neutron activation analysis for environmental biomonitoring

  • A. M. G. FigueiredoEmail author
  • M. Saiki
  • R. B. Ticianelli
  • M. Domingos
  • E. S. Alves
  • B. Markert


Neutron activation analysis was applied to the determination of theelements Al, As, Ba, Br, Cl, Co, Cr, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Rb, Sb, Sc, Ti,Th, V, Zn, and the rare earths La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb and Yb in the epiphyticbromeliad Tillandsia usneoides. The samples were collected at an unpollutedarea and exposed in different sites of the city of Săo Paulo, Brazil,and in a control site outside Săo Paulo. The results obtained showedan accumulation of Al, As, Cr, Fe, Mo, Sb, Ti, V and Zn elements in Tillandsiausneoides exposed in polluted sites, indicating a promising potential of thisspecies as a biomonitor of air pollution in Săo Paulo.


Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Activation Analysis Neutron Activation Neutron Activation Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. G. Figueiredo
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Saiki
    • 1
  • R. B. Ticianelli
    • 1
  • M. Domingos
    • 2
  • E. S. Alves
    • 2
  • B. Markert
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SPSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de BotânicaSão Paulo, SPBrazil
  3. 3.Internationales Hochschulinstitut ZittauZittauGermany

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