POSSIBLE USE OF SPIDER WEBS FOR THE INDICATION OF ORGANIC ROAD POLLUTANTS
 
 
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Department of Environmental Protection, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
Publication date: 2014-07-01
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2014; 15(3):39–45
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The results of the research assessing the possibility of using spider webs for the indication of organic pollutants (PAHs) in the long period of time in the air polluted with road traffic emissions are presented. It was proved that webs could be used for the indication of pollutants of this type. Because of the great availability and dense structure of webs belonging to representatives of Agelenidae family, they can serve as a very effective tool. What is more, the secluded location of webs is favorable and influences the accuracy and credibility of results, since deposited pollutants are not washed off with rain, neither are they decomposed by microorganisms or sunlight. The influence of co-existing contaminants is also minimized.