Volume 44, Number 5, 2009ECORAD 2008 - Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity
|Page(s)||203 - 208|
|Published online||06 June 2009|
Enhancing the transfer of 238U and 226Ra from soils to Brassica juncea
Natural Radioactivity Group, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, 06071 Badajoz, Spain
2 Laboratorio de Radiactividad Ambiental, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
In order to test the suitability of using Brassica juncea for the remediation by phytoextraction of soils contaminated with 238U and 226Ra, the transfer process to the plant was studied. A soil with high natural uranium mineralization was used for the study. When the soil was not manipulated, the transfer factor (TF) was 0.24 ± 0.02 and 1.5 ± 0.3 for 238U and 226Ra, respectively. These low values, especially for 238U, are due to the radionuclides being associated in the soils with fractions unavailable to the plant. For the possible use of phytoextraction for remediation of contaminated soils it is therefore necessary to enhance the availability of the radionuclides in the soil. In this sense, soil pH is a major factor influencing the availability of these elements in the soil for plant uptake through their speciation. In this work, the effect of pH on the TF of 238U and 226Ra was studied. Also, citrate was used to attempt to enhance the bioavailability of the two radionuclides in the soils, and therefore their uptake by Brassica juncea and translocation to the shoots.
© EDP Sciences, 2009
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