Field Observations Of The Effects Of Protracted Low Levels Of Ionizing Radiation On Natural Aquatic Population By Using A Cytogenetic Tool

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Journal Article: Field Observations Of The Effects Of Protracted Low Levels Of Ionizing Radiation On Natural Aquatic Population By Using A Cytogenetic Tool

Abstract
In the present study, an effort is attempted to record the impact of chronic radiation on natural aquatic populations exposed to protracted doses (lower if compared to intervention levels but higher if compared to typical background) and to chemical pollution. The methodology is based on the analyses of chromosome aberrations observed in cells. Therefore, some preliminary research results on the cytogenetic effects on aquatic organisms of various taxa, in coastal ecosystems are presented, considering some selective regions of elevated natural gamma radiation and conventional pollution. These areas are the geothermal spring areas in the island of Ikaria-Eastern Aegean Sea and the port of Pireus, in Greece. The data are compared to the findings recorded in some organisms collected from the North Aegean Sea the early period after the Chernobyl accident. With regard to the different species examined, a first evaluation of the results is made using the reported field findings for the wide area of Chernobyl. The environmental assessment of the studied areas in terms of radiation impact is based on the cytogenetic injuries observed, and evidence of ecosystem disturbance is also pointed out. The final environmental assessment based on the quantified effects observed in the organisms from the studied areas takes into account a published conceptual model of zones of radiation dose rates and the resulting organism responses in a step function scale.

Authors 
H. Florou, V. Tsytsugina, G. G. Polikarpov, G. Trabidou, V. Gorbenko and C. H. Chaloulou








Published Journal 
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 2004





DOI 
10.1016/j.jenvrad.2004.01.003


 

Citation

H. Florou,V. Tsytsugina,G. G. Polikarpov,G. Trabidou,V. Gorbenko,C. H. Chaloulou. 2004. Field Observations Of The Effects Of Protracted Low Levels Of Ionizing Radiation On Natural Aquatic Population By Using A Cytogenetic Tool. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. (!) .