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Appl Radiat Isot. 2010 Dec;68(12):2433-7. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2010.07.010. Epub 2010 Jul 22.

The usability of tree barks as long term biomonitors of atmospheric radionuclide deposition.

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Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, 34134 Vezneciler, Istanbul, Turkey.


In view of the lower radionuclide activities of moss and lichen, tree barks can be used as biomonitors of radioactive contamination, regardless of the contribution of soil uptake. The present study was conducted to determine the activity concentrations of (137)Cs, (40)K, (232)Th and (238)U in the barks of pine (Pinus nigra) and oak (Quercus petraea) trees collected from the Thrace region in Turkey. By considering the previous studies carried out in the same region, it is noticed that among lichen, moss, oak bark and pine bark, oak bark is the best accumulator of (137)Cs and natural radionuclides.

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