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Properties of radiocesium

Radiocesium in the environm.

Abstract of research results

Cs-137 in forest soils

Cs-137 in plants

Cs-137 in mushrooms

Cs-137 in deer truffle

Cs-137 in wildlife

Sr-90 in envirm. samples

Pb-210 and Ra-226

 

 

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 Radioecology: behaviour of radionuclides in the environment    

Radioecology: Protection & Surveillance &  of the Environment and Research

Environmental Studies is engaged in radioecology research on soil, plants, game and complete ecosystems since 21 years. We are specialists on the behaviour of radiocesium.

Information & research results:

  Properties of radiocesium

  Radiocesium in the environment

  Abstract of research results 2005

  Abstract of research result 2001

  Cs-137 in forest soils

  Cs-137 in plants

  Cs-137 in mushrooms

             Cs-137 in deer truffle

  Cs-137 in wildlife

  Modelling of radiocesium

             Modelling of Cs-137 in soil

             Modelling of Cs-137 in wildlife

 

 

  Sr-90 in environmental samples

  Pb-210 and Ra-226 in samples of mining areas

 

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What does the term radioecology mean: Definition & Introduction

The subject radioecology, like common ecology, has to do with organisms and their environments. But this particular branch of ecology studies interactions of organisms and ecosystems with radionuclides and ionizing radiation. Such a study focusses on pathways of radionuclides in the environment and it also investigates sources and strength of ionizing radiation in natural ecosystems.

So this scientific discipline includes everything that matters as to environmental and biological impacts of radiation. The fields of application are many, they range from natural radiation to man made radioactive pollution. The study of natural processes, such as the incorporation of radionuclides into body mass, community webs and community food chains, and technological applications, such as those that deal with radioprotection and risk assessment, are both important for the development of the field. Designed field and laboratory experiments and the collection of data in the wild generate data that allow the development of predictive simulation models which might turn out as important in questions of radioprotection.

Radioecology is related to radiobiology. But in radiobiology one studies the biological effects of radiation on organisms. As radioecology belongs to ecology, its emphasis is rather on the organisms' interaction with both communities and physical environments. That is different from radiobiology, but knowledge from radiobiology may flow into it.

The ecosystem concept suggests that radioecologists should be concerned with events that affect whole ecosystems. Their concern is not only with risks for human health. They are searching for protection in a broader sense, considering whole ecosystems. Radioecology is a science that came up after the first tests of nuclear bombs. One wanted to know how this discharge of huge amounts of radionuclides into the stratosphere would affect ecosystems and their communities and food chains. The Chernobyl Disaster 1986 was another key event that sparked new studies in the field of radioecology.

 

 

 

 

 

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