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Radionuclide transfer to reptiles

Wood, MD, Beresford, NA, Semenov, DV, Yankovich, TL and Copplestone, D 2010, 'Radionuclide transfer to reptiles' , Radiation and Environmental Biophysics, 49 (4) , pp. 509-530.

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    Abstract

    Reptiles are an important, and often protected, component of many ecosystems but have rarely been fully considered within ecological risk assessments (ERA) due to a paucity of data on contaminant uptake and effects. This paper presents a meta-analysis of literature-derived environmental media (soil and water) to whole-body concentration ratios (CRs) for predicting the transfer of 35 elements (Am, As, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Ce, Cm, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, La, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, Pb, Po, Pu, Ra, Rb, Sb, Se, Sr, Th, U, V, Y, Zn, Zr) to reptiles in freshwater ecosystems and 15 elements (Am, C, Cs, Cu, K, Mn, Ni, Pb, Po, Pu, Sr, Tc, Th, U, Zn) to reptiles in terrestrial ecosystems. These reptile CRs are compared with CRs for other vertebrate groups. Tissue distribution data are also presented along with data on the fractional mass of bone, kidney, liver and muscle in reptiles. Although the data were originally collected for use in radiation dose assessments, many of the CR data presented in this paper will also be useful for chemical ERA and for the assessments of dietary transfer in humans for whom reptiles constitute an important component of the diet, such as in Australian aboriginal communities.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0301-634X
    Depositing User: Dr Mike Wood
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 10:30
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:18
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19047

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