Pollution of radiocesium and radiosilver in wharf roach (Ligia sp.) by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Xuchun Qiu, Suzanne Lydia Undap, Masato Honda, Toshio Sekiguchi, Nobuo Suzuki, Yohei Shimasaki, Hironori Ando, Waka Sato-Okoshi, Toshihiro Wada, Tomoki Sunobe, Satoshi Takeda, Hiroyuki Munehara, Hisashi Yokoyama, Noriyuki Momoshima, Yuji Oshima

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Abstract

Radionuclide concentrations in wharf roaches inhabiting coastal areas of Honshu, Japan, were investigated in October 2011 and June 2012. Relative high concentrations of 110mAg (2.1–127 Bq kg-wet−1), 134Cs (2.6–61 Bq kg-wet−1), and 137Cs (3.5–92 Bq kg-wet−1) were detected in specimens from the eastern Honshu areas. Significantly lower 137Cs concentrations (0.7–1.6 Bq kg-wet−1) were detected in specimens from western and northern Honshu. The decay-corrected 137Cs concentration was significantly inversely correlated with the distance from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Thus, wharf roach may serve as a good bioindicator for monitoring radioactive contamination of its habitats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume311
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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