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Journal of Biological Sciences

Year: 2007  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 673 - 676

Transfer of Radiocesium from Soil-to-Plant by Field Experiment

M. Rahman, M. Rahman, M.M. Rahman, A. Koddus and G.U. Ahmad

Abstract

In this research, soil-to-plant Transfer Factor (TF) for radiocesium has been measured by field experiment. Soil and grassy plant grown in a contaminated land containing radiocesium in the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) campus, Savar, Dhaka were collected to investigate the transfer of radiocesium in the soil-plant system. The activities of radiocesium in soil and grassy plant were measured using High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector coupled with associated accessories. Using the measured activities, TF values were found within the range of 2.7H10•2 to 4.7H10•2, which are reasonably comparable with the values found in the literature. Soil characteristics were also investigated to assist the measured TF values for the corresponding soil. This data set might be useful while calculating radiological human dose via the ingestion pathway in the tropical environment.

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