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Non-linearity in radiocaesium soil to plant transfer: Fact or fiction?

Beresford, N.A.; Wright, S.M.. 2005 Non-linearity in radiocaesium soil to plant transfer: Fact or fiction? Radioprotection, 40. S67-S72. 10.1051/radiopro:2005s1-011

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Abstract/Summary

The basis premise of many radiological assessments is the assumption that the transfer of many radionuclides from soil to herbage and hence animal derived food products is a positive linear relationship for a given set of ecological conditions. However, a number of authors have published results, which they conclude demonstrate non-linear transfer of radiocaesium to plants and animals with transfer being highest when soil concentrations are lowest. Whilst we may expect non-linear transfer of radionuclides under homeostatic control or present in comparatively large chemical quantities, there appears no credible hypothesis to support such an observation for radiocaesium. In this paper we review those articles, which have reported non-linear radiocaesium transfer and also analyse novel data. We argue that saturation of Cs uptake as suggested by some other authors is unlikely. Sampling bias, statistical data distribution and countermeasure application are suggested as potential contributors. However, we have not been able to provide a conclusive reason for such observations. Given the important implications for foodchain modelling further consideration of available data is required to more comprehensively answer this question.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1051/radiopro:2005s1-011
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > SE01B Sustainable Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals > SE01.4 Monitoring and predicting the distribution of chemicals in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
CEH Sections: _ Environmental Chemistry & Pollution
ISSN: 0033-8451
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 23 Apr 2012 10:14
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17722

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