Levoglucosan as an indicator of biomass burning from selected tropical plants

Mohd Talib Latif, Chan Siew Mei, Norfazrin Mohd Hanif, Thunwadee Srithawirat

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Abstract

South East Asia has been recognised as one of the region most affected by atmospheric haze from biomass burning due to combustion of various plants. The distribution of atmospheric aerosols from biomass burning itself can be determined through the level of levoglucosan found in the atmosphere. In this study, the amount of levoglucosan produced by five selected tropical plants after combustion processes was determined using the modified anthrone-sulfuric colorimetric method. The results showed that the concentration of levoglucosan in the plant soot (after combustion) ranged from 0.49 ± 0.28 mg/g to 10.51 ± 4.47 mg/g. Among the five plants, Oryza sativa was found to have the highest levoglucosan content and the amount of levoglucosan produced by biomass burning was found to be influenced by the photo oxidation processes e.g. by ultra violet radiation and ozonization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmentAsia
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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Keywords

  • Air pollution
  • Biomass burning
  • Indicator
  • Levoglucosan
  • Tropical plants

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Toxicology

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Latif, M. T., Mei, C. S., Hanif, N. M., & Srithawirat, T. (2012). Levoglucosan as an indicator of biomass burning from selected tropical plants. EnvironmentAsia, 5(2), 22-27.

Levoglucosan as an indicator of biomass burning from selected tropical plants. / Latif, Mohd Talib; Mei, Chan Siew; Hanif, Norfazrin Mohd; Srithawirat, Thunwadee.

In: EnvironmentAsia, Vol. 5, No. 2, 07.2012, p. 22-27.

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Latif, MT, Mei, CS, Hanif, NM & Srithawirat, T 2012, 'Levoglucosan as an indicator of biomass burning from selected tropical plants', EnvironmentAsia, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 22-27.
Latif, Mohd Talib ; Mei, Chan Siew ; Hanif, Norfazrin Mohd ; Srithawirat, Thunwadee. / Levoglucosan as an indicator of biomass burning from selected tropical plants. In: EnvironmentAsia. 2012 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 22-27.
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