In a breakthrough study, the authors demonstrate how environmental pollution can be tested by means of wild and crop plant species. It is explained at practical examples such as:
- A collaborative study with the Kuwait University of the impact of the First Gulf War.
- The environmental impacts of low-radioactive bombs used by NATO in Serbia is reported here for the first time.
- The study of radioactive contamination in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant at Jaslovské Bohunice, made in cooperation with the University of Wien, Austria.
- The impact of pollution on a city environment from nickel plant dumps, a smelting plant and an aluminum factory as well as from heavy traffic.
- An unique retrospective biomonitoring by means of pollengrains of herbal samples is presented showing situation at chosen locality up to one hundred years ago.
- Practical examples of remediation of heavily polluted sites are also presented.
- This book contains a guide to wild and crop plant species that can be used as bioindicators.
- “Parallel plant test of phytotoxicity and mutagenicity”: another original study of the authors derived from their research.
This study turns conventional wisdom on its head as the authors show in example after example how Nature has a remarkable ability to recover from anthropogenic interventions thanks to the mechanisms of auto-regulation, adaptation and resistance. Based on thirty years of research, the authors call on a wide body of environmental studies from 1966 to 2018, as indicated by the references they include to nearly 400 sources. (Nova)