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Microbial component of radiocaesium retention in highly organic soils.

Sanchez, A.L.; Parekh, N.R.; Dodd, B.A.; Ineson, P.. 2000 Microbial component of radiocaesium retention in highly organic soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 32 (14). 2091-2094. 10.1016/S0038-0717(00)00099-7

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Abstract/Summary

The mobility of radiocaesium in the environment and its availability for plant uptake are strongly dependent on the processes controlling its retention in soils. The role of the soil microbial biomass in radiocaesium retention may be important in highly organic soils, yet this role has received little attention. Currently, the techniques used to assess radiocaesium retention tend to ignore the microbial component and, as a result, may compromise assessment of retention. We present here evidence that the microbial component cannot be ignored in such assays and propose changes that recognise the importance of maintaining biological activity in samples of organic soils.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/S0038-0717(00)00099-7
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0038-0717
Additional Keywords: radioecology, radiocaesium, assay, retention, temperature, autoclaving, microbial activity
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 18 Feb 2013 16:00 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21270

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