Phytomonitoring for Urban Environmental Management

  • Margaret Burchett
  • Rachid Mousine
  • Jane Tarran


It has been known for several decades that air pollution can adversely affect plant health, and the possible use of plants as passive monitors or indicators was early recognised (Bleasedale 1973; Harward and Treshow 1975; Roose et al. 1982). The quest is continuing for standardised indicator species that will show known, reliable dose — effect relationships with any gaseous pollutant or mixture; however, research has yet to yield the comprehensive data sets that would be ideal for the purpose. In the main we are still following the approach recommended by Posthumus (1985) as a fall-back option, namely, to study the effects themselves on naturally growing plants or cultivated crops. This is the approach that has been taken in the case study presented here, on the leaf responses to air pollution of three Australian native species commonly used in Sydney as street and park trees. The study, however, did have the benefit of exact parallel air quality data, which were supplied by the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA).


Final Harvest Ascorbic Acid Level Side Road Leaf Parameter Urban Environmental Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Burchett
    • 1
  • Rachid Mousine
    • 1
  • Jane Tarran
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Ecotoxicology, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of Technology, Sydney (UTS)Gore HillAustralia

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