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137Cs concentrations in lichens before and after the Chernobyl accident

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature102073
Source
Health Physics. 1993 Jan;64(1):70-73
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-1993
Author
Hofmann, W
Attarpour, N
Lettner, H
Türk, R
Source
Health Physics. 1993 Jan;64(1):70-73
Date
Jan-1993
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Accidents
Austria
Cesium Radioisotopes--analysis
Lichens--chemistry
Nuclear Reactors
Radioactive Fallout--analysis
Ukraine
Abstract
137Cs activities were measured in a variety of epigeic and epiphytic lichens in Austria before and after contamination by the Chernobyl fallout. For comparison, the activity of the naturally occurring 40K was also determined in each lichen sample. The high 137Cs activities found after Chernobyl suggest that lichens are suitable and inexpensive biological detectors of the fallout pattern.
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