The ILVA group steelworks in Taranto is the biggest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world.

Within the Integrated Environmental Authorization, the provision N.93 deals with the preparation of a biomonitoring network to assess the biological responses of selected biomonitors before and after the implementation of the expected mitigation measures.

TerraData is in charge of the design and implementation of the biomonitoring network.

We carried out the work in collaboration with the University of Pisa (Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Agro-ambientali) and other Italian Universities (Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e della Vita and Dipartimento di Farmacia of the University of Genova and Dipartimento di Economia Politica e Statistica of the University of Siena).

Chemical analyses have been carried out by two accredited laboratories (Centro di Analisi CAIM and EcoResearch).

A total of thirty researchers and professionals have been involved in the various activities.

Working program:

  • 2013: feasibility study and sampling design of the biomonitoring network.
  • 2014 and 2016: bioindication and bioaccumulation by means of epiphytic lichens and bioindication of troposferic ozone effects by means of tobacco plants.
  • 2015 and 2017: bioaccumulation of PAHs, PCDD/F and PCBs by means of curly kale and pine needles.
  • 2017-2018: integrated analysis of the results.

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