Tracing heavy metals in urban ecosystems through the study of bat guano - a preliminary study from Kerala, India

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Jithin Johnson
Moncey Vincent


Abstract: Bat guano serves as a potential bio-indicator tool for accessing the heavy metals contamination level in bats.  Such a non-invasive tool also permits an assessment of the plausible risks of heavy metal pollution among wildlife, humans, and the ecosystem.  The study provides the first assessment of metals such as mercury, chromium, copper, manganese, and nickel in bat guano from the Indian state of Kerala, thus providing us valuable information on the quality of the environment.

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Jithin Johnson, Department of Zoology, Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Pandit Karuppan Road, Thevara, Kerala 682013, India.

Ph.D. student, Division of Arachnology, Dept. of Zoology

Moncey Vincent, Department of Zoology, Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Pandit Karuppan Road, Thevara, Kerala 682013, India.

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Zoology


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