Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 549–554 | Cite as

Phytomonitoring of air pollution in the Baikal region

  • T. A. Mikhailova
  • O. V. Kalugina
  • O. V. Shergina


Phytomonitoring of air pollution has been performed using the Scots pine as a highly sensitive bioindicator. Needles have been sampled from key plots along the macrotransect Sayansk-Irkutsk-Listvyanka (with a total length of 320 km) covering the main industrial centers of the Baikal region and stretching up to the shoreline of Lake Baikal. The content of inorganic pollutants (sulfur, fluorides, heavy metals, etc.) has been determined. The highest level of air pollution has been registered in the following industrial centers: Angarsk, Irkutsk, Usol’e-Sibirskoe, and Shelekhov. The degree of pollution is lower in industrial centers such as Sayansk and Cheremkhovo. The data provide evidence that most pollutants reach the shoreline of Lake Baikal.


Baikal region phytomonitoring Scots pine inorganic pollutants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. A. Mikhailova
    • 1
  • O. V. Kalugina
    • 1
  • O. V. Shergina
    • 1
  1. 1.Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesIrkutskRussia

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