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The radioecological consequences for lowland pastures used to fatten upland sheep contaminated with radiocaesium

Crout, N.M.J.; Beresford, N.A.; Howard, B.A.. 1991 The radioecological consequences for lowland pastures used to fatten upland sheep contaminated with radiocaesium. The Science of the Total Environment, 103 (1). 73-87. 10.1016/0048-9697(91)90354-H

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Abstract/Summary

Current farming practice in upland areas of Cumbria, England, affected by Chernobyl fallout is to remove lambs to lowland pastures for fattening prior to slaughter. The radiocaesium (137Cs and 134Cs) burden of lambs is rapidly lost via excreta deposited on the pasture. This may increase the radiocaesium activities in vegetation of these pastures. Studies were performed to assess the radioecological consequences of this practice. Results obtained from experiments were used to calibrate a soil/vegetation model which was used to predict long-term radiocaesium behavior.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/0048-9697(91)90354-H
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 00489697
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 13 Jun 2012 09:38
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17836

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