From Dosimetry to Damage: Unravelling the biological effects of environmental radioactivity in Arabidopsis thaliana

Research output: ThesisDoctoral thesis

Institutes & Expert groups


This PhD thesis aims to investigate the biological effects and mechanisms in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana upon chronic exposure to alpha, beta or gamma radiation. To do so, it first establishes a new working model for dosimetry calculations in plant roots and shoots. Secondly, it investigates the age-dependency of the response to ionising radiation. Finally, it compares the effects of alpha radiation (emitted by 241Am) and beta radiation (emitted bu 90Sr) on morphology, physiology and at the molecular level.


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Uhasselt - Hasselt University
  • Horemans, Nele, Supervisor
  • Cuypers, Ann, Supervisor, External person
  • Vangronsveld, Jaco, Supervisor, External person
Place of PublicationHasselt, Belgium
  • UHasselt - Universiteit Hasselt
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2013


  • biological effects, plants, dosimetry, non-human biota, radiation

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