Journal Article

Agricultural implications of the Fukushima nuclear accident

Tomoko M. Nakanishi

in Journal of Radiation Research

Volume 57, issue S1, pages i47-i52
Published in print August 2016 | ISSN: 0449-3060
Published online August 2016 | e-ISSN: 1349-9157 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrr/rrw042

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More than 4 years has passed since the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Immediately after the accident, 40 to 50 academic staff of the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo created an independent team to monitor the behavior of the radioactive materials in the field and their effects on agricultural farm lands, forests, rivers, animals, etc. When the radioactive nuclides from the nuclear power plant fell, they were instantly adsorbed at the site where they first touched; consequently, the fallout was found as scattered spots on the surface of anything that was exposed to the air at the time of the accident. The adsorption has become stronger over time, so the radioactive nuclides are now difficult to remove. The findings of our study regarding the wide range of effects on agricultural fields are summarized in this report.

Keywords: Fukushima nuclear accident; agricultural implications; 137Cs; soil; crop; forest; tree; animal; decontamination

Journal Article.  2844 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Genetics ; Molecular Biology and Genetics ; Epidemiology ; Radiology ; Nuclear Chemistry, Photochemistry, and Radiation

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