Air Pollution potential; Florida; Coal fired power plants; Lichens
Lichens have been used extensively and with considerable success as bioindicators of atmospheric pollution in North America and Europe for more than thirty years. Little research has followed in tropical and subtropical regions where population growth is rapid and environmental pressures unprecedented. However, taxa used as bioindicators in other studies and/or taxa having this potential, occur naturally in Central Florida. A new potential major source of pollution, the coal-fired Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center, is about to begin operation providing the opportunity to determine the extent of impact. Therefore, lichen monitoring sites have been established and the collection of baseline data reflecting species diversity, frequency, overall cover and vitality has been accomplished. These locations will be preserved for future monitoring activities. Voucher specimens and photographic documentation of sample populations have been deposited in the herbarium of the University of Central Florida.
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Whittier, Henry O.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Neal, Harry V., "Florida Macrolichens as Potential Bioindicators of Environmental Quality: A Baseline Study" (1986). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4855.