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Addressing current knowledge gaps on radionuclide transfer to reptiles

Wood MD, Beresford NA, Yankovich TL, Semenov DV & Copplestone D (2011) Addressing current knowledge gaps on radionuclide transfer to reptiles, Radioprotection, 46 (6 Supplement), pp. S521-S527.

Model intercomparison exercises have identified radionuclide transfer predictions as the greatest source of uncertainty in biota dose assessments. One wildlife group for which few transfer data exist is reptiles. Given that reptiles are an important, and often protected, component of many ecosystems and that assessments of radiation impact on ecosystems are becoming increasingly necessary due to the current nuclear renaissance, there is a need to further develop our current database on transfer to reptiles or find alternative approaches to estimate reptile transfer parameters. Three approaches that have the potential to increase the availability of parameters to predict radionuclide transfer to reptiles are the use of non-lethal sampling techniques, phylogenetic relationships and allometric relationships. Non-lethal sampling is an attractive long term option for deriving transfer parameters, but the derivation of phylogenetic and allometric relationships could provide ways of predicting transfer in the interim.

AuthorsWood Michael D, Beresford Nicholas A, Yankovich Tamara L, Semenov Dmitry V, Copplestone David
Publication date2011
PublisherEDP Sciences
ISSN 0033-8451

Radioprotection: Volume 46, Issue 6 Supplement (2011)

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