Genotoxic assessment of selected native plants to deferentially exposed urban ecosystems.


Institute of High Mountain Biology, University of Žilina, Tatranská Javorina 7, 059 56, Tatranská Javorina, Slovakia. [Email]


The aim of this study is to provide an analysis of the impact of ecogenotoxicity on native flora abortivity in various urban areas. In which, there was an analysis of 5 groupings of locations with a differing environmental load intensity within the city of Bratislava (Slovakia) over a 2-year period. Our results show varying data depending on the proximity of each site relating to a direct source of pollution and the potential impact of localized wind currents on the distribution of pollutants in the urban environment. The highest value of pollen abortivity in the city was observed in a group of locations exposed to heavy traffic pollution loads. Abortivity of native flora near heavy traffic road areas correlated with the imissions data measured in the same area. Wind-exposed uncovered sites also experienced higher values of native flora abortivity. These results confirmed the varying intensity of genotoxic impact in differing localities and also suggest that xenobiotic effects on flora can occur remotely from the original source of pollution.


Ecogenotoxicity,Native flora,Phytoindication,Pollen abortivity,Pollution,

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