Zagreb Public Health Institute

Zagreb, Croatia

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Zagreb, Croatia
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Vidosavljevic D.,Vukovar General Hospital | Vidosavljevic D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Puntaric D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Gvozdic V.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | And 6 more authors.
Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B: Soil and Plant Science | Year: 2013

War in Croatia resulted in a significant release of contaminants into the environment as a result of the use of combat assets, mainly conventional, mostly aimed at civilian targets. The aim of the study was to investigate the concentration of metals and metalloids in the soils of eastern Croatia. Compared with soil samples from areas exposed to low intensity combat activity soil samples from areas exposed to heavy fighting had higher concentrations of As, Hg and Pb than allowed by national legislation for ecologic farming as well as even higher concentrations of Hg than the maximum allowed values for agriculture in general. Descriptive statistics shows that mean values of Cu, Zn, Ni, Pb, P and Ba are all higher in samples collected at the areas of high combat activity compared with the ones collected from the low combat activity areas. Sb concentration was elevated in one location, which can also be correlated with population exposure. The results of the principal component analysis suggest possible correlation between the war activity and the degree of contamination by the metals found in ammunition. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Gvozdic V.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Brana J.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Puntaric D.,Zagreb Public Health Institute | Vidosavljevic D.,Vukovar General Hospital | Roland D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju | Year: 2011

The goal of this study was to analyse 13 physico-chemical and microbiological parameters of the Drava River water at three sampling sites in the lower Drava region (eastern Croatia) over two distinct periods: the pre-war period between 1985 and 1992 and the post-war period between 1993 and 2008. Over both periods, most parameters kept within the tolerable water quality limits, while NO3-N, NH4-N and BOD5 were higher. The lower Drava showed slight organic pollution with high concentrations of dissolved oxygen. High levels of total coliforms and heterotrophic bacteria in the post-war period were only found downstream of the town of Osijek. Upstream of Osijek, the river showed a tendency for improvement.


Puntaric D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Vidosavljevic D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Vidosavljevic D.,Vukovar General Hospital | Gvozdic V.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | And 9 more authors.
Collegium Antropologicum | Year: 2013

Aim of this study was to determine concentration of Pb, Cd, As and Hg in green leafy vegetables and soil in the urban area of Zagreb, Croatia and to determine if there is a connection between the contamination of soil and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables and soil samples were taken from the gardens located in the outskirts of the city. Concentrations of Pb, Cd, As and Hg were determined by atomic absorption spectrometry; showing that average concentrations of metals and metalloids in vegetables and in soil, regardless of the location of samplingwere below the maximum allowed concentration (MAC). The analysis determined thatmetal concentrations in only nine vegetable samples (9%) were above maximum allowed values prescribed by national and European legislation (three with higher concentrations of Pb, one with a higher concentration of Cd and five with higher concentrations of Hg). Concentrations of contaminants present in the analysed samples, in general, are lower than the ones published in similar studies. The final distribution and concentration of contaminants in vegetables of Zagreb, besides industry and traffic, is affected by the dominant wind direction.


The aim of this study was to determine the presence and nature of organic micropollutants in river overbank and floodplain sediments from the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina following the catastrophic 2014 flood. The study involved ten sediment samples from the Sava and Bosna river floodplain. The volatile aromatic compounds, i.e. benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX), together with alkanes (the linear straight-chain alkanes and the branched alkanes, C10-C28) were determined by GC-MS method. Their estimated amounts were from <0.054 to 3.886 mg/kg, and from 10 to 406 mg/kg, respectively. Hereby, they were below allowed concentration limits for total hydrocarbons in agricultural soil of lighter texture (sandy/loam soil) which is 1000 mg/kg, whilst for heavier clayey soils the limit is 2000 mg/kg. However, their presence in itself in the investigated sediment indicates oil spill problems, whilst their possible sources might be local oil refining industries located in the local cities of Brod and Modriča in Bosnia and Herzegovina. © The Author(s).

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