Impact Type: Direct exposure to pollutant
Bacidia incompta severely affected by air pollution, as with so many lichen Spp. It is sensitive to SO2 (Biodiversity Steering Group 1995, Seaward & Hitch 1982).
There is no other literature available on this species.
|Habitat/ Ecosystem Type||Critical Load/ Level||Status||Reliability||Indication of exceedance||Reference|
|Forests and semi-natural vegetation||
20 µg SO2 m-3 annual mean and half-year(Oct-March) mean
|UNECE, 2004||quite reliable i.e. the results of some studies are comparable||
Low temperature appears to enhance the negative effects of SO2, and the lower critical level of 15 µg SO2 m-3 is used where the effective temperature sum (ETS) (i.e. the sum of temperatures) above 5oC is below 1000 degree days (d.d) (Ashmore et al., 1994).