Volume 40, May 2005ECORAD 2004
|Page(s)||S67 - S72|
|Published online||17 June 2005|
Non-linearity in radiocaesium soil to plant transfer: Fact or fiction?
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4AP, UK, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
© EDP Sciences, 2005
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