Radiocesium Dynamics in a Japanese Forest Ecosystem: Initial Stage of Contamination After the Incident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

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Radiocesium Dynamics in a Japanese Forest Ecosystem: Initial Stage of Contamination After the Incident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Editors: Naoki Hijii, Nobuhiro Kaneko, Tatsuhiro Ohkubo, Chisato Takenaka Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Springer Verlag Singapore Pages: 234 Illustrations and other contents: 75 Tables, color; 31 Illustrations, color; 34 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 234 p. 65 illus., 31 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9789811386084 Categories: , , , , ,

This book investigates radiocesium movement in all major components of forest ecosystems, e.g. the plants, animals, insects, microorganisms, and soils, during the initial stage of contamination after the incident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Most of the work was conducted at a common research site. More specifically, the book examines the contribution of surface uptake by trees in the dynamics of radiocesium during the initial contamination stage; the movement of radiocesium in the form of small organic fragments that are essential to the radiocesium dynamics in forest ecosystems; and the upward movement of radiocesium due to microorganism activity, which promotes the effective decontamination of the forest floor. Lastly, it explains why spiders could be a valuable indicator of the contamination level in forest ecosystems.

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Author Biography

Chisato TakenakaGraduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya UniversityAichi, Japan Naoki HijiiGraduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya UniversityAichi, Japan Nobuhiro KanekoFaculty of Food Agricultural Sciences, Fukushima University Fukushima, Japan Tatsuhiro OhkuboFaculty of Agriculture, Utsunomiya UniversityTochigi, Japan