The Use of Tradescantia Pallida as a Bioindicator of Atmospheric Pollution in Environmental Expertise – a Proposal

Authors

  • Kelvis Longhi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17063/bjfs9(4)y2020534-550

Keywords:

Biomonitoring, Tradescantia pallida, Trad-MCN, Atmospheric pollution, Environmental expertise

Abstract

The forensic expert work - characterized as one of the means to produce evidence in a judicial process - presents itself as a multidisciplinary and complex approach. It involves different practice areas, various methods, use of sophisticated equipment, and costly tests. The use of bioindicator organisms as an instrument applied to environmental judicial processes has reported in the literature. However, the importance of the species Tradescantia pallida as a tool to evaluate human actions impact on the environment and its relation with forensic expert work has not yet demonstrated. The bibliographic review was based in 16 scientific papers published in the period 2014-2019 and demonstrated the use of Tradescantia pallida in works involving the degradation of air quality in Brazil. Thus, this study presents concepts about the use of this bioindicator species and the micronucleus test, as well as their application in monitoring air pollution. Due to the characteristics and sensitivity of the Tradescantia pallida, the micronucleus test can be used as an important tool to carry forensic expert work out to verify environmental crimes, mainly involving atmospheric pollution.

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Published

2020-09-28

How to Cite

Kelvis Longhi. (2020). The Use of Tradescantia Pallida as a Bioindicator of Atmospheric Pollution in Environmental Expertise – a Proposal. Brazilian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Medical Law and Bioethics, 9(4), 534–550. https://doi.org/10.17063/bjfs9(4)y2020534-550