Atmospheric sources of trace element contamination in cultivated urban areas: A review

Engel-Di Mauro, Salvatore (2020) Atmospheric sources of trace element contamination in cultivated urban areas: A review. Journal of Environmental Quality . pp. 1-11. DOI

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Producing food in cities has garnered increasing attention over the past decade. Although there are ecological and social benefits, cultivated urban areas (CUAs) also bear contamination hazards, including from trace elements (TEs). Trace element contamination has been studied extensively in CUAs, but atmospheric sources remain understudied and poorly understood. A brief discussion is offered on atmospheric particulate deposition processes in cities and their implications for urban food production. Available findings are discussed and contrasted. Existing research assesses atmospheric deposition indirectly or otherwise lacks controls for other TE contaminants. There is little to no engagement with methodological guidelines from the atmospheric sciences, which reduces confidence in the findings so far attained. Suggestions are delineated to combine techniques used in the atmospheric sciences with the robust methodologies already generated by studies on TE contamination in CUAs, such as isotope and TE ratios analyses.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Food safety and quality
ID Code:6127
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:01 Dec 2020 16:59
Last Modified:01 Dec 2020 16:59

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